Clegg parental leave shake-up

Parents will be able to share up to a year's leave to look after their newborn children under "radical" reforms announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today.

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What is flexible parental leave?

  • Under other changes, the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees to encourage different work patterns for parents.
  • Clegg is expected to say that "clapped out" rules need to be changed to give women a "real choice" after taking a break from work to have children.
  • The biggest change covers parental leave, so a mother will be able to trigger leave at any point so that whatever time is left to run on her original year off can be taken by her partner instead.
  • Parents will be able to "chop up" time together or take time off together, as long as no more than 12 months is taken in total, with no more than nine at guaranteed pay.

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