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Unpaid parental leave extended to 18 weeks

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The revised Parental Leave (EU Directive) Regulations 2013 came into force on 8 March 2013 and extend qualifying employees’ entitlement to unpaid parental leave from 13 weeks to 18 weeks per child.

Previously this was limited to 13 weeks' leave per child and remains dependent on them having been employed for one year or more.

From 2015 the right will also be extended so that the leave can be taken at any time until the child’s 18th birthday.

The ACAS website states:

“In the case of multiple children, the employee has the right to take unpaid parental leave in respect of each child.

During the unpaid parental leave, the employee's rights will be protected against holiday entitlement or notice of termination.”

The government also introduced the Children and Families Bill into Parliament on 4 February 2013.

It proposes that, by 2015, working parents will be able to share parental leave following a child’s birth; prospective parents will be allowed to take more time off for antenatal appointments; leave and pay entitlements for adoptive parents will be aligned more closely with those available to birth parents; and the right to request flexible-working arrangements will be extended to all employees.

For further information, please contact employment solicitor, Susan Mayall.

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