extended parental leave

Government  postpones plans for extended parental leave

Government postpones plans for extended parental leave

The Government has postponed plans to extend paid maternity and paternity leave, because it is too expensive for businesses to implement during the recession.   At present, fathers are entitled to one or two weeks’ paid paternity leave within 56 days of their child’s birth. The proposed changes, announced under the Work and Families Act (2006), would extend paid maternity leave from nine to 12 months. The reforms would also allow fathers to share up to six months of this, giving parents more choice over who is the primary carer. The changes were due to be introduced in April 2009, but have been delayed indefinitely because of concerns over the amount of administration they would generate for businesses. “We have not yet announced a date for extending maternity and pa... »