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Furloughed workers who are entitled to statutory family-related payments will not lose out.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds and Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey today announced changes to regulations which mean that people 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. The changes will come into effect tomorrow (Saturday).

Minister Dodds said: “I have been keen to do whatever I can to protect workers during the current crisis. The regulation changes that I have approved mean that those who are entitled to Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay and Statutory Shared Parental Pay will have the amounts calculated based on their full pay and not the 80% furlough rate.”

Minister Dodds also confirmed that changes to regulations, which she recently proposed, to ensure workers can carry over some annual leave if they have been unable to take it due to the COVID-19 crisis are now in effect.

Mrs Dodds added: “I am also pleased that people who might not be able to take annual leave due to the pandemic – for example to ensure continuation of an essential service or cover staff sickness or self-isolation – will be able to carry over up to four weeks of annual leave to the next two leave years.

“These changes are good news for workers and keep Northern Ireland in line with similar changes made to entitlements available in Great Britain.”