Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today promised a “properly flexible” system of shared parental leave in Britain by 2015.
Announcing the Governments response to the Modern Workplaces’ consultation Mr Clegg condemned Britain’s “Edwardian” system that places the burden of childcare on mothers and discourages fathers from taking a central role in raising their children.
Key points are:
- The extension of flexible working to all employees.
- Shared leave proposals – a Mother will be able to transfer the balance of maternity leave and pay to the Father if she wishes to return to work.
- The extension of unpaid parental leave to parents of older children.
- Allowing parents to take parental leave in chunks rather than a lengthy stretch.
- Father’s rights to time to time off to attend antenatal appointments.
- Plans to bring adoption leave into line with maternity leave and changes to the provisions for surrogate parents.
This is welcome news indeed.
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- Shake-up to shared parental leave (bbc.co.uk)
- Parental leave to become flexible under plans set out by Nick Clegg (guardian.co.uk)
- Fathers to be granted full maternity leave under new government scheme (scotsman.com)
- Nick Clegg unveils plan for flexitime working patterns (telegraph.co.uk)
- Parents to share 12 months off work (thesun.co.uk)
- Nick Clegg unveils parental leave shake-up which could see parents share up to a year’s leave to look after newborn (itv.com)
- Shake-up of parental leave planned (express.co.uk)
- Shake-up of parental leave planned (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)