Furlough and Return from Family Leave

The government announced on 29 May that from 1 July the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “furlough scheme”) can be utilised only in respect of employees who have been furloughed for a continuous period of at least 3 weeks at some time prior to 1 July. This meant that there would be a cut-off date of 10 June for placing an employee on furlough for the first time.

However, the government announced yesterday that parents on statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental or parental bereavement leave who return to work after 10 June will still be able to be furloughed under the scheme.

More details of the change will be provided in updated guidance to be published on 12 June.

For further details relating to the furlough scheme, click here.