Yes. The government’s CJRS – also known as the furlough scheme – has been extended across the UK until 30 April 2021.
Employees will receive 80% of their current salary for the hours they don’t work, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month (depending on the level of non-working hours). Employers will be responsible for National Insurance (NI) contributions and pension contributions. This is the same level of support that was available in August 2020.
Businesses can choose to bring furloughed employees back to work part-time or furlough them full-time.
Neither employers nor employees need to have previously used the CJRS in order to access the extended scheme.
Any employees who were made redundant after 23 September – when the Job Support Scheme (JSS) was announced – can be brought back on to the scheme.
The JSS, which was due to replace the CJRS on 1 November, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.
You can find out more about the changes to the scheme here.
The government is also offering free webinars to help employers understand updates to the CJRS.