What is parental leave?

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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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.