COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme and Statutory Sick Pay information

Claim for your employees wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

If you cannot maintain your current workforce because your operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), you can furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions (up to the level of the minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contribution) on that subsidised furlough pay.

This is a temporary scheme, currently running until the end of October 2020.  It's designed to help employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to retain their employees and protect the UK economy.  However, all employers are eligible to claim under the scheme and the government recognises different businesses will face different impacts from coronavirus.

From August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time, with employers asked to pay a percentage towards the salaies of their furloughed staff.

The way to make a claim is online - the service should be simple to use and any support you need available on GOV.UK.

There's further support about this scheme and other business support available on the York & North Yorkshire LEP Growth Hub.

Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees

The Government will bring forward legislation to allow small and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19.

Find out more about the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate and how to access it here.