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People on paternity and maternity leave exempt from cut-off date

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People on paternity and maternity leave exempt from the 10th June 2020 cut-off date

In their most recent update to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Government stated the last day new individuals can be placed on furlough will be 10th June 2020, with the scheme closing to new entrants from 30th June 2020, albeit with the scheme remaining open for existing applicants until the end of October 2020.

The Government have now announced that this cut-off date will not apply to parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave who return to work in the coming months. One requirement however is that this will only be available to businesses who have previously furloughed members of staff.

We expect further details to be published by the Government about this announcement, which will clearly have a significant impact on parents returning to work, including any further eligibility requirements and cut-off dates.

Although it is not clear how many employees on statutory maternity and paternity leave will benefit from this announcement, according to the Government’s latest figures, over 1 million employers and 9 million jobs have taken advantage of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

This announcement does not change the position for other members of staff, with 10th June 2020 being the last day for employers to place members of staff on furlough. This is crucial if they wish to gain the benefit of flexible furlough leave from July 2020.

Please contact us if you require any advice on any of the employment and HR issues referred to above. Please contact Sally Morris on 01905 610410 or at to discuss any frequently asked questions.