A member of staff left my client's employment on 13th March to start up a new self-employment business, but has been unable to begin their new venture due to the current lockdown, and following the government announcement at the beginning of April that employees could be re-employed and furloughed she has asked if she might be re-employed and furloughed, which my client agreed to do.
All the remaining members of staff continued to go into work until Friday 20th March and have been working from home since Monday 23rd March, with no-one else in the firm being furloughed.
The re-employed individual has not done any work for the firm since they left on 13th March.
I have been asked to submit the CJRS claim in respect of this re-employed individual and have been provided with a copy of the returning employee's furlough employment letter/contract with states their furloughing commenced on Monday 16th March.
Given the sequence of events within the business I am not convinced that 16th March is the correct start date for the CJRS claim. What do others think ?