More flexibility in the leave available to parents
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that parents will be able to share up to 12 months leave after the birth of a child from 2015.
The plans will allow working parents to take up to 52 weeks off in total either together or in separate blocks and will be more flexible than the current system.
Nick Clegg said:
‘Reform is long overdue and the changes we are making will shatter the perception that women have to be the primary care-givers.’
‘In the future, both mothers and fathers will be able to take control of how they balance those precious first months with their child and their careers.’