Parental leave to increase from 13 to 18 weeks on Friday

Parents will be entitled to 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave per child from 8 March 2013, an increase from the current 13 weeks.

Both men and women are entitled to parental leave, relating to dependents under the age of five. For each child who receives disability allowance, the allocation of unpaid parental leave will increase to 18 weeks up until their 18th birthday.

In the case of multiple children, the employee has the right to take unpaid parental leave in respect of each child, but will only be eligible to unpaid leave for four weeks of the year.

Unpaid parental leave can include schooling problems, adjustment in childcare arrangements, the need to spend more time with their children or attending medical appointments. During this time, employee rights will be protected, such as holiday entitlement or notice of termination….|PTPT|PTDIR-2013-0306-GLOB|news&sfid=70120000000taB7

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