Recently the government implemented a revised parental leave directive. This change meant an increase to parental leave from 13 weeks to 18 weeks as at the 8 March 2013.
But what does this actually mean? The right to parental leave is a right to take up to 18 weeks unpaid leave if you are an employee with one year or more service and have parental responsibility for a child up to 5 years old. In cases where the child is disabled parental leave can be taken at any time up to the child becoming 18.
· If you qualify for parental leave you are entitled to 18 weeks of unpaid leave in respect of each individual child.
· If you have several children, you are entitled to 18 weeks leave per child under 5.
· If you work part-time, your period of leave is reduced in proportion to your reduced working hours.
· The right to parental leave is a right to take up to 18 weeks per child in total and not 18 weeks during successive contracts with different employers.
· Parental leave must be taken in blocks of one week (or, if your child is disabled, in blocks of one day) up to a maximum of four weeks for any individual child in any one year.
· During parental leave employees continue to accrue holiday.
· Parental leave can be taken immediately after maternity leave.
· The employees contract of employment remains in place and is entitled to return after parental leave of four weeks or less to the same job.
Should a request for parental leave be made employees are expected to give as much notice as possible of absence dates proposed or 21 days as a minimum.
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