Parents returning to work after extended leave are eligible for furlough

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 until October, with new flexibilities introduced from 1 July 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 even after 10 June cut-off date

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

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close to new entrants at the end of June as new flexibilities are introduced to support economy


To enable the introduction of part-time furloughing, and support those already furloughed back to work, claims from July onwards will be restricted to employers currently using the scheme and previously furloughed employees. This means people must be on the furlough scheme by 10 June.


However, the government today 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, will close to new entrants on 30 June, with the last three-week furloughs before that point commencing on 10 June.


More details of the change will be included in updated guidance, which will be published on 12 June.

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