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The Ins and Outs of Parental Leave

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.
 
If you need help and advice of Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, or any family friendly employment issues contact us now for a no obligation quote.

3 Comments to The Ins and Outs of Parental Leave:

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Rue Harries on 17 May 2013 14:09
There is an extensive amount to note in respect of the change. The impact on business continuity for smaller firms is one should an employee request 18 weeks unpaid leave which is on the increase. So there are more than just a few good points but numerous. Do feel free to add more precise comments.
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