Parental leave legal advice

Parental leave has been in existence since 1999 and has not changed with the introduction of paternity leave. To qualify, the employee must have been employed for more than year and have, or expect to have, responsibility for a child. Employees may take up to 13 weeks’ parental leave in the first 5 years of each child’s life, at a maximum of 4 weeks per year. For a disabled child, this is extended to 18 weeks until the child is 18. Parental leave is unpaid.

An employer may choose to provide paid parental leave in which case the employee and employer pension contributions should be made by reference to the amount of pay actually received by the employee.


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