On 1 January 2009, standard maternity leave entitlementincreased from 18 to 20 weeks, with longer for multiple births. The new entitlement applies to all employees on maternity leaveat 1 January 2009, as well as those whose maternity leave startsafter that date. Maternity leave now depends on how many children are born at thesame time, not on whether it is the first or subsequent childbirth.Maternity leave is 31 weeks for twins, 33 weeks for triplets, 35weeks for quadruplets and 37 weeks for quintuplets. From 2010, employees will be able to request 2 weeks'additional leave to follow directly on from their standardmaternity leave. This will increase to 4 weeks in 2012 and 6 weeksin 2014. The additional leave period for multiple births will be 3 weeksin 2010, 6 weeks in 2012 and 8 weeks in 2014. The additional leave offers flexibility in that: it can be combined with part-time work on request by theemployee; it can be taken by fathers if the mother decides to return towork. From 2010, fathers will also be entitled to one week'spaternity leave which can be taken whether or not the mother is onmaternity leave at the time. From 1 January 2009, employees returning to work after maternityleave are also entitled to request unpaid parental leave in orderto work part time, and receive special protection againstinvoluntary termination for up to 12 months. Law:...
New Maternity, Paternity And Parental Leave Entitlements
|Author position:||CMS Cameron McKenna LLP|
|Author:||Ms Katarzyna Dulewicz|
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