Retaining Your Staff & Home Working

Below you will find information on:

Job Retention Scheme:

  • Step by Step guide from HMRC
  • Question & Answer Guide from Moray Chamber of Commerce
  • Retention Bonus

Furloughing Staff:

  • Martin Lewis’s Explanation of Furloughing
  • Working whilst being furloughed
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Guidance and Information (including a video guide on furlough leave & furlough guide)
  • ACAS Help & Information (including Furlough letter template & webinars)
  • UK Government Webinars

Skills Development Scotland- support and information available to employers

  • Recruiting due to COVID-19?
  • Redundancy help available

Home Working

  • Are you or do you have employees working from home?

Job Rentention Scheme

This scheme is designed to preserve jobs and reduce the number of workers made redundant due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. It has been extended until the end of April 2021.

If your business has closed or is struggling due to the pandemic, you can apply to furlough employees (put them on temporary leave) rather than make them redundant. Once furloughed, the UK Government will provide a grant to cover 80% of the wages of these employees up to a maximum of £2,500 a month, as well as the National Insurance and pension contributions that go with this subsidised furlough salary.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are an employer who has:

·        created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on or before 19 March 2020

·        is enrolled for PAYE online

·        has a UK bank account

Any individual, business or other entity with employees can apply, including charities, recruitment agencies and public authorities.

You can only furlough those who were employed and on your payroll by 19 March 2020. This means you must have submitted an RTI to HMRC indicating a payment for this employee on or before 19 March 2020.

You can claim for employees on any type of employment contract, including full-time, part-time, agency, flexible or zero-hour contracts. Foreign nationals and employees on any form of work visa are also eligible.

Find out more information on the UK Government Website

Claim online via the UK Government Website


Job Retention Scheme- Step by Step Guide for employers

This step by step guide explains the information that employers need to provide to HMRC to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). It also describes the processes involved.

Please note that if you are an employer making a claim, you need to follow the processes explained in the guidance page Claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on GOV.UK before you proceed with your claim. 

Here is the link to the step by step guide


Q&A guide from Moray Chamber and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Our partners at Moray Chamber of Commerce have been kind enough to share this Question and Answer Guide about the Job Retention Scheme. 

Here is the link to the guide 

Furloughing Staff

Martin Lewis’s Explanation of Furloughing 

In a quick ‘rough’ video, Martin explains whether you can get your employer to give you 80%+ of your salary, even if you’re on a zero-hours contract, at home looking after the kids, self-isolating or even if you’ve lost your job.

Here is the link- 

Working Whilst being furloughed

Those furloughed can volunteer for the NHS without risking their pay.

The UK Government have stated that whilst an employee is furloughed they can get another job if their current contract allows it.

Please read the below statement:

“If your contract allows, you may undertake other employment while your current employer has placed you on furlough, and this will not affect the grant that they can claim under the scheme. You will need to be able to return to work for the employer that has placed you on furlough if they decide to stop furloughing you, and you must be able to undertake any training they require while on furlough. If you take on new employment, you should ensure you complete the starter checklist form with your new employer correctly. If you are furloughed from another employment, you should complete Statement C. Any activities undertaken while on furlough must be in line with the latest Public Health guidance during the COVID-19 outbreak.”

Here is the link to the UK Government’s website with more information.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Guidance and Information

CIPD Video Guide – Furlough Leave

Questions answered

  • What does furlough mean?
  • Which employees can be furloughed?
  • Which employers can access the scheme?
  • How do employers access the scheme?

 CIPD – Coronavirus (COVID-19): furlough guide (April 2020)

Here is the furlough guide from CIPD

Here is a link to further information on furloughing from CIPD

ACAS Help & Information

Furlough Letter Template

A template for an agreement to temporarily send home an employee because there’s no work (‘furlough’).

Here is the link to the template (Word document)

ACAS Webinars

Acas experts run regular webinars on employment law topics and employment relations. They’re free to join, you just need to register in advance.

View recordings of their recent Acas webinars on their website

Skills Development Scotland- support and information available to employers

Recruiting due to COVID-19

Skills Development Scotland has created the My World of Work job hub to showcase immediate job vacancies in Scotland. Employers can upload opportunities – it’s free, quick and easy to do. Simply upload your vacancy, and once approved will be available for job seekers to view at

Upload your opportunity now

Redundancy help available

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) is the Scottish Government’s initiative for responding to redundancy situations. PACE can help employers by supporting employees through the redundancy process, with free, impartial advice available to all, no matter the size of business.

Access PACE support

Home Working

With many of us now working from home, here are a 5 tips from the BBC on how to work well from home.

You can read the full article here-

Here is a link to advice for employers and employees who are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic- 

HMRC- Are you or do you have employees working from home?

If you’ve asked your employees to work from home, and you’ve not reimbursed them already, your employees may be entitled to claim tax relief on additional household expenses they’ve incurred, such as heating and lighting.

From 6 April 2020, this tax relief is based on £6 per week or £26 per month (£4 per week, or £18 per month before 6 April 2020).

Making a claim is easy, tell your employees to go to GOV.UK and search ‘claim tax relief for your job expenses’.

It’s quick and secure, and those who are eligible will receive their full entitlement by an adjustment to their tax code.


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