As of April 2015 new rules on shared parental leave will be introduced by the government.

At present fathers are entitled to two weeks ‘ordinary’ paternity leave where as mothers can take up to 52 weeks maternity leave.

The proposed new rules will allow both parents to share up to 50 weeks’ parental leave and 37 weeks’ pay.

Others proposed changes include;

– Employers will be able to require employees to
take leave in a single continuous block.

– Employees must tell employers eight weeks in advance how they will apportion
their parental leave.

– Employees can change their minds twice during their leave.

– Where leave taken is six months or less, employees have the right to return
to the same job. Otherwise they must be offered at least a similar job.


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