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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
How long has she worked for her employer and what type of contract does she have?
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Many thanks for your patience. Sadly she will not be eligible for the payment automatically. This payment is for employees who have no work to do as a result of the current situation and as a result the employer cannot pay them. In her circumstances, there is work for her to do but she cannot do it because she has to remain off work to look after her child. That time can be used as dependency leave, or parental leave, however both are unpaid. If she has the option of working from home she can ask for that too but it is up to the employer. If she cannot work from home she will have to find alternative arrangements, like family members helping out or take it as holidays or unpaid time off.
I appreciate this may not be the answer you were hoping for but it is the legal position and I hope that it at least clarifies where you stand?
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