Employment Law Updates


'Job Support' Scheme

Please note: The Job Support Scheme is currently on hold.


As and when the job retention scheme (furlough) draws to an end, the government is expanding its support to businesses that have either suffered a downturn in business due to COVID-19 or are required to close as a result of restrictions.

Key facts:

  • There are two schemes running, the Job Support Scheme (Open) and the Job Support Scheme (Closed).

  • The JSS (Open) is open to employees working a minimum of 20% of their normal contracted hours with additional support from employer and government contributions.

  • The JSS (Closed) is open to employees whereby no hours are available to them as a result of the business being required to close under government restrictions. Under this scheme, the government will contribute two-thirds of their normal pay (subject to a cap)

  • Under both schemes, employers will cover NICs and pension costs.

For more in-depth information about your eligibility and the scheme rules click here

Effective Date:  TBC

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