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Parents will be able to share up to a year's leave to look after newborn children under new reforms announced by the Deputy Prime Minister.
Nick Clegg said that from 2015 the UK will move to a new system of flexible parental leave as part of a huge shake-up.
ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Weiner reports.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has told Daybreak that the view "that dad's only want to take two weeks off and mum's do all the child caring and go on to part-time work and not work" is outdates.
Businesses owner and working mum Katie Hopkins has criticised Nick Clegg's plans to give new parents flexible working hours.
She told Daybreak: "I can't be coping with flexitime, people leaving and arriving whenever they like. I need my staff in one place."
Parental leave is when eligible employees can take unpaid parental leave to look after their child’s welfare, eg to:
- Spend more time with their children
- Look at new schools
- Settle children into new childcare arrangements
- Spend more time with family - eg visiting grandparents
Their employment rights (like the right to pay, holidays and returning to a job) are protected during parental leave.
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Parents will be able to share up to a year's leave to look after their newborn children under new reforms announced by Nick Clegg today.