Nanny Pay -coronavirus

March 25, 2020

I hope this information helps and assists nannies to speak to their employer if they have concerns regarding pay.  It is a difficult time for many people, those who are sick, those who have lost their jobs due to this, and those in fear of losing work.  Please speak to your agency if you were registered with them, ACAS, or the Association of nanny agencies.  I am also speaking to Waye2pay  whom we have worked with for many years to see if they can give any further information for you.

 

Taken from Martin Lewis website;

EMPLOYEES. Can't go to work or have no work to do? Ask your employer to 'furlough' you and Govt will cover 80% of your salary up to £2,500/mth.  This is officially called the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme, and it means employers can choose to put staff who can't work on 'furlough' (on hold) - and then the Govt will cover their salary.

 

Think of this like a job being put on standby. The idea is you go into sleeper mode during the crisis, and then when it's over, they can instantly restart things and get the economy running again at speed.

 

It's up to employers to decide and define who is furloughed. It could be because you've no work to do (eg, you work in a closed restaurant), or as you have to be at home to look after children or you're self-isolating.

The key thing to understand is the state is looking to support people. It wants this to be a broad sweep of support to gather people up. It's looking to embrace people who need it, not loophole them out. See our employee furlough info, including my 5min video briefing.

 

3) If you lost your job due to coronavirus, or were in the process of changing jobs, furlough may still be available. Before the furlough support was announced, many people were laid off by panicking firms. If that happened, speak to the firm - they are allowed to take you back on, to furlough you.

I got my job back - it's good to feel part of something

Last week, a friend, 'Alex' (details changed), was devastated to be laid off from a hospitality job she'd started just a month before. On Fri, when the furlough scheme was announced I called her up, and suggested she ask the firm to take her back.

She thought there was no point, but I explained that the Govt will pay 80% of her salary, and while the firm can - hopefully - top that up to 100%, it doesn't have to. So I suggested she just offer to receive 80% for now, and that she shows them the HMRC guidance to prove it.

It worked. Alex got her job back and as well as the financial relief, she told me: "It's good to feel part of something again."
 


Of course, this is up to employers, and so I'd urge all employers to do what you can - you're not playing fast and loose doing this, you're doing what's intended. Though of course there will always be the rare few who sadly don't get it or don't care.

4) Don't dismiss universal credit. The changes are bigger than you think - especially for housing costs. Universal credit is a benefit available to many who are employed, self-employed, unemployed or on low incomes (but usually not pensioners), provided you've less than £16,000 savings in your household.

 

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