The Chancellor has announced that the furlough scheme is still open to parental leave returners after 10th June if their employer has already used the scheme.
Parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave and Shared Parental Leave who return to work in the coming months after a long period of absence will still be permitted to be furloughed if their employer has already furloughed people in the past, the Government announced yesterday.
The announcement came just hours before the deadline for new joiners to the furlough scheme. The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced changes to the furlough scheme last month, including a tapering of the scheme and the introduction of part-time furlough, but said employers need to apply for any employees who have not previously been furloughed by 10th June, two days before full details of the part-time furlough scheme are published.
Sunak said yesterday: “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.”
The Government says the furlough scheme has helped one million employers across the UK furlough almost nine million jobs. It will close to new entrants on 30 June, which means employers will have to furlough any previously unfurloughed staff by 10th June. Employees who have completed a full three-week furlough at an earlier stage in the pandemic can be furloughed from 1st July.
The Government has also announced that, from 1st July, the number of employees an employer can claim for in any claim period cannot exceed the maximum number they have claimed for under any single previous claim under the current CJRS. So, for example, if an employer had made three claims prior to 1 July, for 12, 24 and 20 employees, the maximum number they could claim for in any claim period following 1 July would be 24, as this is the largest previous claim.