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How will coronavirus

affect nanny employers?

 

We are monitoring Government announcements daily and will update the information below as and when changes happen.  Please read our customer FAQs for the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) news and advice related to nanny employers:

 

The Government announced a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which pays 80% of furloughed workers wages (up to £2,500/month), does this apply to nanny employers?

We have received confirmation from the Government that domestic/nanny employers are eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, provided the employee has been on your payroll prior to 28th February 2020, and you have a UK bank account. HMRC will reimburse 80% furloughed workers gross wage costs (up to a cap of £2,500 per month).

Read our one-page furlough worker factsheet here 

For the latest official guidance on the furlough worker scheme, please visit this page.

I want to furlough my nanny, what do I need to do?

If you are a Nannytax client we can make your employee a furlough worker, however would ask that prior to us doing so you complete the following 2 steps:

1. Download our furlough agreement here, complete sections in yellow and send to your employee to agree to.

2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. detailing your payroll number, the start date you wish to furlough your employee and confirm your agreement to the following:

a. You have the agreement of your employee to make them a furloughed worker

b. Whilst the details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are being finalised and published by HMRC you agree to continue to absorb all wage costs

c. You are aware that if you, or your employee does not meet the criteria when published by HMRC, and are therefore not eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (reimbursement of 80% of their wages up to £2,500 per month), you will continue to be liable for all wages paid

d. You can confirm that due to COVID-19 you are choosing this option to avoid redundancy

e. Whilst your employee is furloughed, you are aware that they remain employed by you

f. You agree that your employee cannot work or provide service to you whilst they are furloughed and that they will need to be on furlough for a minimum period of 3 weeks from the date of furlough.

As soon as we receive your consent, and the start date you wish to furlough your employee from, we will make the adjustments to your April payroll. We are unable to make any amendments to March payroll, information for March has now been submitted to HMRC.

Any further information we receive is being uploaded to our website and we will continue to send you regular emails.

I am a nanny, I have some queries how can I get in touch?

We ask that you direct your query through to your employer, alternatively contact ACAS

What do the UK lockdown measures mean for Nannies and Nanny Employers?

We would advise that you and your nanny discuss whether it is ‘absolutely necessary’ for them to travel to work.
 
The guidance from the Government is asking everyone to stay at home. Stating that you should only leave the house for one of four reasons, which includes travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home. Therefore, as nannies cannot do their job at home, they can travel to their place of work. However, the Government are stating that this should only be where absolutely necessary.

How does sick pay (SSP) work with coronavirus?

If your nanny has been advised by Public Health to self-isolate because they fall into one of the below categories, they will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, which is currently £94.25 per week.

These include:

  • They have been diagnosed with coronavirus
  • They have coronavirus symptoms
  • They have been advised to self-isolate by a doctor of NHS 111
  • Someone within their household has coronavirus symptoms (in this case everyone within the household must self-isolate for 14 days)

What if my nanny self isolates as a precaution?

If your nanny chooses to self-isolate as a precaution but does not fall into one of the above categories, they can take this time either as holiday or unpaid leave.

Who is liable for sick pay (SSP)?

The Government have announced that they will reimburse SSP (currently a flat rate of £94.25 per week) from day one of the Coronavirus sickness for a period of 14 days for small businesses.

Sickness unrelated to coronavirus will follow the usual rules (i.e. commencing on day 4) and will not be reimbursed by the government.

Can I reclaim sick pay (SSP) as a nanny employer?

We are currently waiting for confirmation on whether Coronavirus SSP reimbursement extends to nanny employers. Once we have confirmation on this from HMRC we will update this page accordingly.

What happens if my family and/or I need to self-isolate?

If you request that your nanny doesn't attend work (either as a precaution or due to a member of the family falling ill with coronavirus or coronavirus like symptoms), the nanny should be paid their full standard salary.

Where can I keep up to date on new Government measures related to Covid-19?

 We recommend staying up to date via ACAS and GOV.

What can I do if I'm struggling to pay my tax liabilities?

If you are concerned about not being able to pay your tax due to coronavirus, there is now a dedicated helpline to support businesses and self-employed individuals with outstanding tax liabilities and other tax affairs - please call 0800 0159 559.