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24 April, 2020 Open access

Amendments to calculation of earnings for statutory family benefits and maternity allowance where workers are furloughed under Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

New statutory instrument ensures that workers receive the same amount of benefit they would have if they had not been furloughed

New regulations have been issued that make amendments to the calculation of earnings for the purposes of statutory family benefits and maternity allowance where workers are furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

In force from 25 April 2020, the Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.450/2020) amend regulations relating to -

- and are designed to ensure that workers receive the same amount of benefit they would have if they had not been furloughed

The amendments apply where a person is a furloughed employee for the purposes of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and provide that normal weekly earnings (or average weekly earnings in the case of maternity allowance) are to be calculated to take into account the sums which a person would have earned if they had not been on furlough during the relevant period.

SI.No.450/2020 is available from legislation.gov.uk

Stop press: see also today's DWP press release Furloughed workers to receive full parental leave entitlement from gov.uk