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21 July 2020
Issue: 4753 / Categories: Forum & Feedback
Coronavirus job retention scheme phase II eligibility.

I have furloughed a client under the coronavirus job retention scheme. She is an osteopath who works through a company. She has been able to do no work up to now apart from meeting her statutory obligations as a director so I am happy that the claim is valid.

Because she was only paid £12 500 in 2019-20 (in early March) 80% of her monthly pay is £833.33. She is now able to work again but disinfecting everything between patients means that her earning capacity will be 50% of what it was.

Will she be eligible for any claim under phase II given that her earning hours will be 50% of what they were? Alternatively will she be ineligible because she will in effect be working full-time and therefore not furloughed at all?

I look forward to replies.

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