Kate Brooks

Partner, Solicitor & Head of Employment/HR Services

DATE PUBLISHED: 11 Oct 2020 LAST UPDATED: 04 Jul 2022

Job Support Scheme to cover closed businesses too…

The Job Support Scheme was announced on 24th September and will replace the coronavirus job retention scheme (furlough or flexi furlough scheme).

JSS opens from 1 November 2020 until the end of April 2021.

When originally announced, the Chancellor confirmed that the government will cover one third of every hour not worked (up to a cap of £697.92) per month per employee. The employer will have to pay on third of the usual hourly rate and also the employer will pay for the time worked. Originally it was confirmed that initially the employee would have to work at least 33% of their normal working time. Click here for our previous blog on the Job Support Scheme.

On the 9th October 2020, the Chancellor announced that the Job Support Scheme will be expanded to provide support to
businesses whose premises are legally required to close as a direct result of Coronavirus restrictions set by government. This means there will be support for these businesses that have to close, and the employees are not required to work. This will include premises restricted to delivery or collection only services. For more information on the Government guidance, click here.

In the situation that the business is forced to close, the employer will be able to claim a grant of up to two thirds of an employee’s normal pay (capped at £2100 per employee per month) for employees who cannot work for a minimum of 7 consecutive calendar days due to forced closures.

Once a business is able to re-open it has the option to use the Job Support Scheme (as announced on 24th September). In this situation, the employee must work at least 33% of usual hours.

To use the Job Support Scheme, whether for a closed business or for a business requiring at least 33% of hours, the employer must: Seek the agreement of the employee and also notify the employee in writing.

If you need any guidance about the JSS scheme or how to make changes to an employees contract, please get in touch with Kate Brooks at kate.brooks@ellisjones.co.uk or 01202 057754.

How can we help?

When you submit this form an email will be sent to the relevant department who will contact you within 48 hours. If you require urgent advice please call 01202 525333.

Make an enquiry

Related news

3 minute read

If I make a personal injury claim against my employer, will I lose my job?

Read more
4 minute read

Supreme Court due to provide clarity on holiday pay calculation for workers with irregular hours

Read more
3 minute read

Temporary right to work checks extended until 30 September 2022

Read more
4 minute read

Employment law changes: April 2022

Read more