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From 2015, parents will be able to share 50 out of 52 weeks statutory maternity leave and 37 out of 39 weeks statutory maternity pay.
At the moment Parental Leave is a right for parents who are employees to take time off work to look after a child or make arrangements for the child’s welfare. It is available to employees who have, or expect to have, parental responsibility for a child and who have one year of continuous service with their current employer.
Parental leave is unpaid (unless your employer offers a contractual right to payment) and available for each child born or adopted. Employees get 18 weeks in total for each child.
When can parental leave be taken at the moment?
The new system of Shared Parental Leave that will be introduced in 2015 (included in the Children and Families Bill) was recently consulted on by the Government. The Government have published their response to the consultation, which is the following:
It all sounds a bit confusing so when we have more details we’ll let you know! We updated our information in July 2014 and you can see our new Guide to Shared Parental Leave here.
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