Amid mounting pressure over the rapid increase of coronavirus infections, stricter new measures will come into force across the whole of England from the morning of Thursday 5 November, lasting until at least Wednesday 2 December 2020. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme) has now been extended from 31 October until at least 2 December 2020. Rates will be the same as August 2020 with the government to pay up to 80% of an eligible employee’s normal pay, capped at £2,500 with employers responsible for NICs and pension contributions. Employers can choose to top up an employee’s salary to 100%, but do not have to. Eligible employees widened to include those on the PAYE on or before 30 October 2020. As the furlough scheme was due to be replaced by the JSS from the 1 November, the JSS will now be launched once the government advises that the extended furlough scheme has closed.