The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced this week that a new flexible parental leave system will be implemented from 2015
- Mothers will still be entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave, but having taken the first two weeks after the birth of their child, the rest can be shared with the partner taking some, or both parents taking some together
- The only rule is that no more than 12 months can be taken in total; with no more than 9 months at guaranteed pay
Currently, fathers can take 2 weeks of paternity leave around the time a baby is born and can then take a further 26 weeks (additional paternity leave) – but only when the baby is 20 weeks old and even then, only if the mother has returned to work. The new plans are aimed at supporting more women to get back into the workplace whilst giving partners the option to care for their child.
You can watch the video announcement from Nick Clegg here