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Being on furlough and family leave

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Being on furlough and family leave

Furlough before leave

New regulations came into force on 25 April 2020. An individual on furlough and receiving less than normal pay during part or all of the relevant period, for the purposes of calculating statutory maternity pay, (or Maternity Allowance, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay or Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay) should have their entitlement calculated based on the pay they would have received if they were not furloughed. 

The regulations apply where the first day of the period in which the statutory pay is payable is on or after 25 April 2020. In short, being placed on furlough will not impact the pay that they receive (or must be paid).

Furlough during family leave

Employees on family leave can be furloughed, with claims made for any enhanced contractual family leave pay. 

If an individual started unpaid additional maternity leave (after 39 weeks) before 28 February 2020, they will not be able to be furloughed until the date when maternity leave was due to end. An employer and employee could agree to end maternity leave early, provided they give at least 8 weeks’ notice; furlough cannot be claimed until the end of the 8 weeks.

Maternity Allowance

An individual on Maternity Allowance (MA) cannot get furlough pay at the same time. If an employee agrees to be furloughed whilst receiving MA, they should contact the Jobcentre to stop payments. 

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