The first fines have been issued to businesses that have inappropriately claimed from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), including one person who claimed £495,000. The government set out a number of rules and guidelines which need to be followed for claims, and employers that have struggled to understand the rules of the scheme, or that did not seek legal advice prior to furloughing employees (including office holders, company directors and agency workers), may have unknowingly failed to comply with CJRS rules, and may therefore risk investigation by the government.
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