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Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Paying Employees

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Paying Employees

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6th November 2020


IRIS PAYE-Master, Earnie, IRIS Earnie IQ, IRIS Payroll Business, IRIS Bureau Payroll, IRIS GP Payroll


Measures announced by the government affecting employee’s pay.


Furlough Extension

Update 6th Nov 2020

The government has now announced the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of March 2021

Update 3rd Nov 2020

On Sunday 1st November the Government announced the extension to the Furlough scheme.

What are the latest changes?

The Furlough scheme has been extended. The rules for Furlough claims will be the same as those processed in August:

  • The Government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 for the hours an employee is on furlough
  • Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions for the hours the employee is on furlough

Further Details

For further details please see

For product-specific instructions for processing furlough payments please see:

For information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and other initiatives to support businesses such as VAT deferral, see covid-19-support-for-businesses.

In the meantime, it is encouraging those who may face short term cash flow problems to consider if they qualify for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.

See coronavirus business Interruption loan scheme

Coronavirus Job retention Scheme

The government has published detailed guidance.

For their full details click here

Changes to SSP

For details on changes to SSP please see:

Collection of DEAs issued by DWP suspended

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, DWP has confirmed that all DEAs issued by them, and processed via payroll should be suspended. For more information on this, please see:

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