Coronavirus: Statutory Maternity Leave
The furlough scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June 2020, meaning that employees had to be on furlough for a minimum of 3 weeks before this date, so the last date a new employee could be furloughed was 10 June 2020. The HM Treasury announced on 9 June 2020 that parents returning to work before 31 October after a period of maternity, adoption, paternity or shared parental leave after 10 June cut-off date will be eligible for furlough.
Furlough Extension For New Parents Returning To Work After 10 June
The updated Flexible Furlough Scheme will come into effect on 1 July 2020 and introduces new flexibilities to support the economy. To enable the introduction of part-time furloughing, and support those already furloughed back to work, claims from 1 July onwards will be restricted to employers currently using the scheme and previously furloughed employees. This means that an employee who has not previously been furloughed must be on the furlough scheme by 10 June 2020.
Parents returning to work before 31 October 2020 after a period of statutory maternity and paternity leave will not be subject to the 10 June 2020 deadline and will be permitted to be furloughed, provided the employee started their parental leave before 10 June 2020 and the employer has previously furloughed other employees.
Although the announcement only mentioned maternity and paternity leave a later message confirmed that those returning from adoption leave, shared parental leave and parental bereavement leave would also be exempt from the 10 June 2020 deadline and therefore eligible to be furloughed.
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