Parental leave changes come into force today


Parental Leave

Today, 8 March, parental leave has been extended from 13 weeks to 18 weeks per child. Employees who have been employed for one year or more can apply for parental leave as long as they have (or expect to have) responsibility for a child under five or a disabled child under 18 years of age. Parental leave has to be taken in 1 week blocks and is in addition to maternity leave, paternity leave and adoption leave. Parental leave is unpaid unless an employee’s contract of employees says otherwise.

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