Paternity – Leave & Pay

Other Family Friendly Rights

Rights To Parental Leave And Time Off For Dependants

Employees – both mothers and fathers – who have completed one year’s service with their employers are entitled to 13 weeks’ (unpaid) parental leave to care for their child. Parental leave can usually be taken up to 5 years from the date of birth or in cases of adoption five years from the date of placement (or the child’s 18th birthday, if that is sooner).

Parents of disabled children are entitled to 18 weeks’ parental leave (previously 13 weeks) up to the child’s 18th birthday, providing they have the qualifying length of service. See Parental leave (PL509) (PDF – 228Kb).

All employees are also entitled to take a reasonable amount of (unpaid) time off work to deal with an emergency or unexpected situation involving a dependant. See Time off for dependants (96Kb)

This article reproduced under Crown Copyright © 2003-2009

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