The qualifying date for Furlough (Government Retention Scheme), when the employee has to have been on the employer’s payroll, has changed from 28 February to 19 March 2020.
This brings into scope a large number of people who fell outside the scheme because they had recently changed jobs. The 19 March date is just before the Chancellor announced details of the scheme, meaning it is still effective to prevent fraudulent claims (by businesses hiring ghost employees to claim furlough payments in respect of, as those ghost employees will not have been on PAYE on 19 March).
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