Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough

The government has announced that new parents returning to work in the coming months, after a period of absence, are eligible for furlough despite yesterday’s cut-off date (10 June).

10 June was the last day an employer could furlough an employee if they want to claim a grant under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) after 30 June 2020. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close to new entrants at the end of June as new flexibilities are introduced to support the economy

However, the government has added an exemption to the 10 June deadline for people returning from statutory maternity and paternity leave, adoption leave, shared parental leave and parental bereavement leave. However, this will only apply where they work for an employer who has previously furloughed employees.

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