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Parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave and the Furlough Scheme

Posted on 17 Jun 2020 - News

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The Treasury has announced that parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave who return to work in the coming months will still be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme even though the 10 June deadline has passed.

This applies to those on adoption leave, shared parental leave and parental bereavement leave, but only in circumstances where they work for an employer who has previously furloughed employees.

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: “When I announced these changes to the furlough scheme last month, I was clear that we wanted to do this in a fair way, that supports people back to work as the country begins to re-open following coronavirus.

“But for parents returning from leave, their circumstances has meant that they are still in need of support, and I’m pleased that they will be able to receive the financial assistance they and their family will need.”

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