Can my nanny continue to work?
The current government advice is clear that nannies and domestic staff in England can continue to work in Tiers 1, 2 & 3 and through the new lockdown if they are unable to work in their own homes.
Job Retention Scheme Extended
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended through to March 2021, with employers able to claim 80% of their nanny’s salary for hours not worked up to a maximum of £2,500. This includes employees who were made redundant after 23rd September who can be re-employed for furlough from 1st November. New employees are also now included provided they were employed in October.
If you have not furloughed your employee before, but would now like to do so, contact the NannyMatters payroll team for more information.
The employer must put all details of the furlough arrangement in writing to their employee and keep this on record for 5 years. Your employee will continue to accrue holiday as normal during the furlough period.
From December, an employee can not be furloughed if they are on notice of termination.
Deadlines: Details of any furlough claims for payroll between 1st July and 31st October must be with NannyMatters by Monday 23rd November. You must then let us know by the 7th December if you would like us to make a claim for November as all future claims need to have been submitted to HMRC within 14 calendar days of the month they relate to.
Job Support Scheme
The Job Support Scheme which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1st November has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.
Job Retention Bonus Scheme
The Job Retention Bonus will no longer be paid in February 2021 and an alternative retention incentive will be put in place at the appropriate time. The Job Support Scheme has also been postponed. HMRC have intimated that the furlough scheme may change further in December.
Statutory Sick Pay and Self Isolation due to Coronavirus
SSP can be payable for up to 2 weeks from day 1 of absence if:
- they have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
- they have coronavirus symptoms, for example a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste
- someone in their household has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive
- they've been advised to stay at home by their doctor because of an underlying health condition
- they've been told to self-isolate by a doctor or NHS 111
- they've been told to self-isolate by a government 'test and trace' service, because they've been in close contact with someone who tested positive ('NHS Test and Trace' in England, 'Test and Protect' in Scotland or 'Test, trace, protect' in Wales)
They must be off work for at least 4 days in a row, including non-working days.
Remember to notify the NannyMatters payroll team if there are changes that affect your nanny’s payslip.
For the most up to date information it is always recommended you check the HMRC website.