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Parental leave increases from three to four months

Posted on June 13, 2013

8 March 2013: The permitted period of parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child rises today from three to four months. The right to request flexible working is also extended to agency workers returning from a period of parental leave (The Parental Leave (EU Directive) Regulations 2013).


As a reminder: The limit on how much parental leave can be taken a year is 4 weeks (unless the employer agrees otherwise). Leave should normally be taken in blocks of one week. Employees qualify if all of these apply:


  • they’ve been in the company for more than a year
  • they’re named on the child’s birth or adoption certificate
  • they have or expect to have parental responsibility
  • they’re not self-employed or a ‘worker’ – eg an agency worker or contractor
  • they’re not a foster parent (unless they’ve secured parental responsibility through the courts)
  • the child is under 5 (or 18 in special circumstances)


As parental leave is unpaid, its popularity remain limited, nonetheless it will be important to some employees.

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