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More Consultation on Flexible Parental LeavePosted on by Angela Rhodes
The following Government press release was issued on 16th May: "The Government today launched as part of its plans to create a modern workplace for the modern economy. a consultation on plans to introduce a new system of flexible parental leave from 2015 Under the proposals, once the early weeks of maternity and paternity leave have ended, parents will be able to share the overall leave allowance between them.
Unlike the current system this leave could be taken in a number of different blocks and both parents could take leave at the same time. What is being proposed? Flexible Parental Leave
- 18 weeks maternity leave and pay – in one continuous block around birth.
- Four weeks of parental leave and pay exclusive to each parent to be taken in the first year.
- 30 weeks of additional parental leave available to either parent – of which 17 weeks would be paid and can be broken in blocks between parents.
- Extending the right to request for all workers who have been with their employer for 26 weeks.
- The Government will consider publishing a statutory Code of Practice for businesses. It will propose that employers should be allowed to take into account employees individual circumstances when considering conflicting requests.
- There are no plans to alter the current 8 business reasons for a business to turn down a request.
- The Government recognises that legislation is not the only answer to promoting flexible working practices. Non-legislative measures are being developed to promote flexible working opportunities both for those with a job and for those looking for one.
- Employment Tribunals that have found an employer to have discriminated on gender in relation to pay, will order the employer to conduct a pay audit and publish their results (except in some circumstances, such as where an audit has already been conducted).
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