Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Furlough Fraud

In March 2020, the Government released information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, a Scheme to support businesses who would most likely have to make their employees redundant if it wasn’t for this scheme.

What is furlough?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is also known as the furlough scheme refers to a temporary leave of absence from work. The scheme was initially open until 30th May 2020, but the scheme was then extended to 30 June 2020 and then further extended to October 2020.

What is furlough fraud?

Furlough fraud includes the following:

There will also be other examples of furloughing staff and these include:

On the .GOV.UK site, HMRC have made it very clear that they will be checking claims in relation to CJRS and if payments are made under the scheme are found to be fraudulent then the monies paid out will need to be repaid.

HMRC have opened a portal for furlough Fraud you can view it here.

How can CP Law Associates help with furlough fraud?

Since the furlough scheme was announced, the team at CP Law Associates have been advising employers on how to ensure that when furloughing employees the right steps are taken in accordance with the rules and guidance. We’ve also noticed a surge in insolvency advice and this is because employers are starting to realise that they will struggle to survive once furlough ends.

If you are concerned that you as a business may have committed furlough fraud, or you are an employee that has been instructed to work whilst on furlough and are looking for advice please get in contact with CP Law Associates today.

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