14th March 2013
Proposals to change the way parents can share maternity leave have been outlined as part of the Children and Families Bill.
The government plans to change the current arrangements which have been criticised by some employees as being ‘inflexible’.
The Bill also introduces the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees not just parents and carers.
Under the new system:
- Employed mothers will still be entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave regardless of the length of their employment.
- Mothers can choose to end their maternity leave after the initial two week recovery period; working parents can then decide how they want to share the remaining leave.
- Fathers will have a new right to take unpaid leave to attend two antenatal appointments.
- There will be new statutory payment for parents on shared parental leave with the same qualifying requirements that currently apply to statutory maternity and paternity pay.
- Those who have adopted a child will be entitled to the same pay and leave as birth parents.
Please be aware that these changes are proposal at present. We will keep you informed of developments.
Internet link: Press release
Posted – 14/03/2013