New Guidance On Flexible Parental Leave

In recent legislation that is currently being approved by the Government, parents will be able to share parental leave between them rather than one parent having the entire period off.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced that the Government will allow parents to share up to a year’s leave after the birth of a child. The plans will be finalised this year, and the changes to flexible working in 2014 and flexible parental leave in 2015.

Under this new system, it will mean that parents will be able to choose how they share the care of their child. Expectant mothers are still entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave but each parent may take it in turns or take it together providing it is not more than 52 weeks in total.

However, mothers will have to take the first 2 weeks of leave after birth. This is to provide a recovery period, but at this point, the mother can choose to end the maternity leave and share the remaining leave. It means that both mothers and fathers can balance those precious initial months with their child.

It does give a positive aspect to employers as well as employees. It is viewed that the best performance of both men and women in the workplace will be more likely as current arrangements are fairly old fashioned.

As a final note, the flexible parental leave could provide a more equality base of workers as both parents can choose between them how to split the 52 weeks and balance this alongside their career. If you would like any further information on this, or how it will affect you as a business, then please do not hesitate to contact us.