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Coronavirus: Furloughed workers to receive full parental leave entitlement

24 April 2020


Furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate

Workers who are entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay and Statutory Shared Parental Pay will not be disadvantaged if they are furloughed.

Where an employee is receiving 80 per cent of or a cap on their usual earnings because they have been furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the original 100 per cent figure (that is, what the employee would have been paid but for being furloughed) will be used for the purpose of calculating their Normal Weekly Earnings.

The changes to the Shared Parental Pay Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 and the Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption pay (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002 legislation take effect from Saturday 25 April 2020.

Annual leave carryover
In addition, changes to the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 now take effect that enables workers that have been unable to take annual leave because of the COVID-19 crisis to carry over up to four weeks of leave into the next two leave years. See Coronavirus: Rules on carrying over annual leave relaxed.


First published 24 April 2020