Overtime earned during the Coronavirus and your IVA

Overtime earned during the Coronavirus and your IVA

The Government has issued guidance stating key workers do not have to pay overtime into their IVA if earned during the coronavirus pandemic. However, this does not apply to all IVA agreements.

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Coronavirus overtime rules if you have a Protocol IVA

Your IVA is based on the terms and conditions which you signed up to when you started the Arrangement. The majority of IVAs use a standard known as the IVA Protocol.

Under normal circumstances, if you are in a Protocol IVA and you earn overtime, up to 50% of this may have to be paid to your IVA company. However in April 20, the Government changed this rule to help key workers.

If you are a key worker, you can now keep 100% of any overtime you have earned during the coronavirus pandemic (currently defined as being between 20th April 2020 and 31st July 2021). Non of this extra money has to be paid into your IVA.

This change only applies if you are a key worker (as per the government approved list) in a Protocol IVA. If you are not, the standard overtime rules remain unchanged.

Rules if your IVA is not based on the Protocol terms and conditions

Not all IVA terms and conditions are based on the Protocol. There are other versions. One used by some firms is known as the “R3 terms and conditions”. The government guidance only covers Protocol based IVA agreements. Not any other.

This means that if your IVA is based on a different set of conditions (for example R3), these remain in force. You still have to pay up to 50% of any overtime earned during the coronavirus into your IVA. This applies even if you are a key worker.

It is possible for your IVA company to call a variation of your IVA to waive the overtime rules during the Covid 19 pandemic. However this is entirely down to their discretion. They are not obliged to do so.

How can you tell on which terms and conditions your IVA is based? The best way is to look at the original agreement you signed. Compare the terms and conditions to that of the IVA Protocol (2016)

What if you can’t pay your IVA?

The government guidance for Protocol IVAs also assists people who are struggling with their monthly payments. If your income falls between April 20 and July 21, your IVA company can reduce your payments by between 25%-50% for 6 months without the approval of your creditors. Alternatively they can allow you to take a 6 month payment break. This is over and above any break you may have already taken and or are allowed under the terms of your current IVA.

For non Protocol IVA’s, the standard terms of your agreement should still allow you to take payment breaks of up to 9 months in total. However any significant reduction in your monthly IVA payments will still have to be agreed with your creditors with a formal variation.

Where you can no longer afford to pay your IVA due to the coronavirus and your income is unlikely to recover, you have the option of stopping it altogether. If you are not a home owner, going bankrupt might be a sensible alternative option. This is because no further monthly payments are required if you have no surplus income.

If you can’t pay your IVA give us a call. We can advise on whether you could benefit from reducing your payments or stopping the Arrangement and doing something else.

2 thoughts on “Overtime earned during the Coronavirus and your IVA

    Kimberley says:

    I’m in a IVA and I’m a key worker in a nursing home I’m with Hanover insolvency I’ve had to do a lot extra shifts due to staff shortages and people leaving and I was the only ancillary kitchen assistant. I was under the impression as I read a government statement that a IVA will not take anything from your overtime if your a key worker. my boss said were all key workers there.

    I’m being charged £30 extra a month because I’ve had no choice but to do overtime because in care homes since the pandemic started staff are leaving by large numbers and were all working understaffed. are they in the right to take £30 extra if I’m working overtime as key worker

      Hi Kimberley

      Whether or not you are allowed to keep 100% of the overtime you have earned during the pandemic (between April 20 and July 21) will depend on 2 key things:

      1 – Is your IVA based on the IVA Protocol terms and conditions. If yes, then that’s the first tick in the box. If no, you do not automatically have the right to keep all your overtime. If you are not sure you will need to check with Hanover.

      2 – Are you a key worker under the government definitions. Even though your employer has said you are a key worker, Hanover may choose to apply the letter of the law. If your role is not on the Government list, they may say you don’t qualify and that is that.

      Ultimately it will be up to Hanover to agree whether you qualify or not. If they will not, you have a choice. You can either pay the extra they are demanding or think about cancelling your IVA (which you are allowed to do) and doing something else.

      If you would like to have a chat to me about your situation, I would be happy to give you more advice about your options. This is free and without obligation. By all means give me a call on 0800 011 4712.

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