Proposals to allow new parents to choose how they share a year’s worth of leave after the birth of their child have recently been unveiled by the government as part of their Children and Families Bill. The children and families bill will also extend the right to request flexible working to all employees, not just parents and carers
Shared Parental Leave
It is understood that the radical shake-up of maternity and paternity leave is designed to give parents greater flexibility about how they “mix and match” the care of their child in the first year. Under the new system Parents will be able to:
Employed mothers will still be entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave as a day one right
The government wants to remove the cultural expectation that flexible working only has benefits for parents and carers, allowing individuals to manage their work alongside other commitments.
The new system proposes to:
Business minister Jo Swinson told People Management Magazine that current workplace arrangements were “old-fashioned and rigid”, and that the measures in the recent bill would “bring the way mums and dads balance their lives at work and at home into the 21st century.”
Business group the CBI also said that extending the right to request flexible working was a reflection of practice already common in many workplaces.
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