Parents returning to work after extended leave are eligible for furlough

Updated: Jan 20

People on paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme, HM Treasury announced.


The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended, with new flexibilities introduced from 1 July 2020 to support the economy by allowing furloughed employees to return to work part-time.

  • Parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for furlough scheme

  • This also applies to people on adoption leave, shared parental leave, and parental bereavement leave


To enable the introduction of part-time furloughing, and support those already furloughed back to work, claims from July 2020 onwards are being restricted to employers currently using the scheme and previously furloughed employees.


However, the government confirmed that parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave who return to work in the coming months after a long period of absence will be permitted to be furloughed.


This will only apply where they work for an employer who has previously furloughed employees.

The CJRS, which has so far helped >1 million employers across the UK furlough almost 9 million jobs, closed to new entrants on 30 June 2020.