The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme) has been extended to 31 October 2020. From 1 July, employers will be able to bring employees previously on furlough back to work on a part-time basis (“flexible furloughing”).

The Scheme will be closed to new entrants from 30 June. This means that only employees who have spent a full 3 weeks on furlough before 30 June can continue to be furloughed or work under the new flexible furlough scheme. The last date for employees to be furloughed for the first time is 10 June.

However, on 9 June, the government confirmed that parents on statutory maternity leave (or other statutory family leave) who return to work after 10 June will be permitted to be furloughed. This will only apply where they work for an employer who has previously furloughed employees.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP said:

“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.”

Further details regarding the extension to the Scheme will be released on Friday 12 June 2020.