Latest Information - 1.06.2020

Following recent developments around COVID-19, here are the latest updates from Huntress, including its specialist brands; Blackthorn Trace, Hunter Merrifield and Birchrose Associates.

UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) for PAYE workers

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is an emergency scheme set up by the Government to support employers with the costs of employing their workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme was announced on 1st March 2020 and was initially intended to last for 3 months. However it was extended to the end of June and on 12th May the Government announced a further extension to the end of October 2020.  

The Government has clarified that the CJRS extends to workers on agency contracts (which includes temporary workers on PAYE contracts).  Government guidance issued on the 4th April 2020 states that PAYE workers must have been on our payroll on or before 19th March 2020 to be eligible for this scheme.  This means an RTI submission to HMRC notifying payment in respect of an employee must have been made on or before 19 March 2020.  Guidance also states that the reason the work has finished has to be because of coronavirus.  Someone whose work has finished, but that was not related in any way to coronavirus cannot expect to be furloughed. 

The CJRS will be closed to new entrants from 30th June. From this date onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees who have already been furloughed for a full three-week period prior to 30th June. In practical terms, this means that the final date by which employers can furlough any individual employee for the first time will be 10th June
(so that three-week minimum furlough period can be completed by 30th June). 

Please note that an agency worker does not have a right to be furloughed.  The Government is keen to protect the jobs and incomes of as many workers as possible and so a wide range of workers can be furloughed but ultimately, it is a decision for the agency.

The Government has specified that it is only possible for businesses to make one CJRS claim per claim period.  This means that it is necessary for us to claim for all furloughed agency workers at the same time as we will not be able to make a later claim for additional agency workers to cover a period that we have already claimed for.

  • Claims relating to March and April 2020 must be registered with us no later than 31st May 2020
  • Claims related to May 2020 must be registered with us no later than 8th June 2020
  • Claims related to June 2020 must be registered with us no later than 8th June 2020

If you were working in a booking for us via PAYE which ended because of coronavirus, then please send your claim through to furlough@huntress.co.uk for review.  

PLEASE NOTE:
Only claims that are submitted to our furlough@huntress.co.uk email address will be considered.
We will require written confirmation from our client that the reason your work has finished was because of coronavirus.
We will not accept any liability for claims that are not sent to the above email address within our specified deadlines.
We are unable to furlough new applicants for the CJRS after 8th June 2020.
 

1. What do I do if I show Covid-19 symptoms?

If you show symptoms as described by the NHS on their website, you should follow the government guidelines and self-isolate if necessary and until you have fully recovered. You must also contact your consultant to inform them of your situation.

Similarly, if you have been diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus you must stay off work and report the sickness to your consultant at the earliest opportunity, ideally before your next normal start time.

For the duration of your sickness leave you will receive statutory sick pay in accordance with the current legislation at the time of the absence.

You will not be expected to seek a doctor’s note if you are absent for more than 7 calendar days with Covid-19.

2. What if I am not ill, but have been advised to self-isolate?

If you are not ill but have been advised to self-isolate in relation to Covid-19, acting on advice from NHS 111 or another medical practitioner, you must stay off work and contact your consultant at the earliest opportunity, ideally before your next normal start time. We will discuss the situation with you and agree a time when it should be reviewed and when you could come back to work.

If these circumstances arise, your consultant will explore the possibility of remote working with our client. If you can work effectively from home (as may reasonably be determined by the client and consultant), we will simply ask you to do so and keep your consultant informed about when you might be able to return to normal working again.

If you can’t work effectively from home (as may reasonably be determined by the client and consultant), we will expect you to stay at home regardless and keep your consultant informed about when you might be able to return to normal working again. During this period of leave, statutory sick pay will apply in accordance with the current legislation at the time of the absence. 

If you fall ill with Covid-19 during your period of self-isolation, you will need to report it to your consultant and statutory sick pay will apply as per question 1.

In the event that the client you’re working for (on our behalf), closes their office when you’re otherwise able to work, you will not receive pay. You will most likely be advised by the client directly, but we will also communicate this with you formally on behalf of our client. If you would like your consultant to look for work on your behalf during this period, please get in touch with them and we will endeavour to find another assignment however this cannot be guaranteed.

3. What if I am not ill, but need to stay at home to look after my children/other dependents?

In this event (as a result of a school closure related to Covid-19, for example) you must contact your consultant at the earliest opportunity, ideally before your next normal start time. You will be allowed to take your accrued holiday to cover the period of absence. Once you’ve exhausted your annual leave allowance, your absence will be unpaid.

If you fall ill with Covid-19 during your period of self-isolation, you will need to report it to your consultant and statutory sick pay will apply as per question 1.

We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding Covid-19 and will update this page accordingly. 

If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please contact your consultant.