Government extends parental leave rights

The
Government has published its proposals for changes to the law on employees’
right to take parental leave.

The
right to the benefit previously only applied to parents whose children were
born after 15 December 1999, but this has now been extended to include all
parents whose children were aged under five on 15 December 1999.

However
those parents who benefit from the extension must take the leave over a period
of three years and three months, rather five years.

Parental
leave for children of disabled children has also been extended from 13 to 18
weeks.

Employees
can now include time spent working for a previous employer in the year of
employment needed to qualify for parental leave.

The
Government is not planning to change the 21-day notice period or introduce pay
for parental leave.

By Ben Willmott

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