COVID-19: Job Retention Scheme and statutory maternity/paternity leave extension

11th June 2020

This article was last updated on 11 June at 10:30.

The Job Retention Scheme has been extended until October 2020, with new flexible arrangements being introduced from 1 July 2020. Under the changes employees can return to work on a part-time basis but remain furloughed for the days they do not work.

The Government previously announced that to enable the introduction of part-time furloughing, and support those already furloughed returning to work, claims from July onwards will be restricted to employers currently using the scheme and previously furloughed employees. This means employees would have been on the furlough scheme by 10 June 2020.

However, the Treasury has now confirmed that parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave who return to work in the coming months after a long period of absence will be permitted to be furloughed.

This applies to people on adoption leave, shared parental leave, and parental bereavement leave, but only where the employer has previously furloughed employees.

If you wish to discuss the Job Retention Scheme and/or any other COVID-19 related initiatives please contact your usual haysmacintyre contact or email

Nick Bustin

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