COVID-19

Welcome to our Covid-19 help and advice section.  This area will provide you will all of the tools you require should have any questions on how Covid-19 affects your employment (and personal) relationship with your Nanny. 

This page is designed to complement our phone advice not replace it, so please always feel free to call if you have any questions.  Please refer to the drop down menu for key topic areas of advice.

All NannyPaye clients have been receiving regular updates from NannyPaye.  We have listed these here by date so you may refer to them.

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Please see our most frequent questions below:

  • How much do I pay my Nanny under a furlough agreement?

    Your Nanny should be paid no less than 80% of her gross wage or £2500 per month gross whichever is the lower of the two. We are seeing a fairly even split of employers paying 100% or 80% of the full wage.

  • How much will the grant refund me?

    The grant will cover up to 80% of your employees normal gross pay (capped at £2500 per month) plus the associated Employer National Insurance and minimum Employer Pension contributions. The grant is reducing from August 2020 to only cover 80% of the wages with no additions, then from September and October the amount of refund is dropping to 70% and 60% respectively.

  • What happens if I accidentally apply for the wrong amount of funding?

    If you claim too much funding you should reduce your next claim by that value. If you have claimed too little funding then you should contact HMRC on 0800 024 1222 to alter your claim. If you have no further claims to make and have overclaimed you should also contact HMRC to discuss repayment

  • How do I apply for the grant?

    You will need to open a PAYE Online account with gov.uk. We have provdied step by step guidance on how to do this in this section. Once open you can then use our job retention scheme calculator to work out how much you can claim and submit that value.

  • How much will the grant refund me?

    The grant will cover up to 80% of your employees normal gross pay (capped at £2500 per month) plus the associated Employer National Insurance and minimum Employer Pension contributions. The grant is reducing from August 2020 to only cover 80% of the wages with no additions, then from September and October the amount of refund is dropping to 70% and 60% respectively.

  • What is this £1000 bonus announced in July?

    The government has introduced a payment to UK employers of £1,000 for each furloughed employee who returns to work and remains with you through to the end of January 2021. The employee must be earning above £520 per month between the end of October 2020 (when the furlough scheme ends), and the end of January 2021. Payments will be made from February 2021 and further details about the scheme will be published by the end of July. .

  • Can I backdate the furlough?

    Yes so long as the criteria is met you can backdate to 1st March 2020.

  • If I pay my Nanny 100% of her normal wage will I still receive a refund?

    Yes. The grant will still refund you the 80% of the normal gross wage plus pension and employer NIC (subject to the reductions from August 2020).

  • My Nanny is self-isolating for non-medical reasons or is worried about coming to work. Can I furlough her?

    You should only furlough an employee if you would have otherwise made them redundant or laid them off. If the role still exists and you require an employee to work in that role, then your Nanny should not be furloughed.

  • When do employers normally furlough a Nanny?

    The most common occurrence is when both employers are at home for an extended period and can perform the childcare role themselves. This is not necessarily the same as both employers ‘working from home’ as childcare will often still be required in that scenario.

  • When did my nanny have to start?

    You can only furlough an employee that was in your employment and the RTI sent to HMRC on or before 19th March 2020. As RTI data is sent towards the end of the month this means it's unlikley that you will be able to access furlough funds for employees that started in March and are paid monthly.

  • When did I have to be registered as an employer?

    Your PAYE scheme must have been active on 19th March 2020. We imagine this will be a contentious issue as many employers join payroll services after employees have started.

  • I have a net agreement. Will my Nanny get 80% of her net?

    Net agreements are not widely recognised and cause confusion in situations like this (another reason to go gross please). If the employer is paying 80% we have to set the pay at 80% of the historical (previous months) gross. This will leave the nanny with slightly more than 80% of the net.

  • What if my nanny refuses to be furloughed?

    This question has not yet come up but if it does then our answer will be that you should consider Redundancy or Lay Off as your only other option.

  • My Nanny is shielding can she be furloughed?

    Yes. So long as she is specifically shielding due to a personal condition on the shielding list she can be moved to furlough. Shielding will be ending so plans for your employees return to work should now be underway.

  • How long can I furlough for?

    A minimum of 3 weeks up to a current maximum of 31st October 2020.

  • Can my Nanny do any work whilst furloughed?

    Yes. An employee can return to work on a part time basis from July 2020 and remain furloughed for non worked hours.

  • What is the deadline to make my furlough grant claim?

    You must have made your first claim no later than 31st July 2020 and by that point claimed for the period up to 30th June 2020.

  • Can my Nanny take holiday whilst furloughed?

    Yes. Guidance has been released (17/04/2020) confirming that employer/employee can agree for the employee to take annual leave whilst on furlough. If leave is taken then the salary must be made up to 100% of the normal pay if it is not already at that level. The employer can still claim for the furlough grant for these days at 80% of the normal pay. If a bank holiday falls on a normal working day whilst on furlough this can either be paid at 100% or the day carried forward to be taken at another time. Due to the late nature of this guidance (after the Easter Bank Holiday) we expect most clients to carry forward the untaken bank holidays.