The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has announced a number of plans that extend the entitlements of parents and carers to ﬂexible leave.
The changes include:
- New mothers will be allowed to transfer maternity to their partners after 2 weeks. The policy, which will begin in 2015, will mean that parents of a new baby will receive one year of leave which they can divide between themselves
- A new legal right for men to take unpaid leave in order to attend two antenatal appointments
- Adoptive parents will be eligible for the new ﬂexible parental leave irrelevant of how long they have been in their job (previously they were only entitled once they had been at a job for 6 months) and the cap of £135 per week will be removed so that it is in line with the leave entitlement that other parents receive
- The right to request ﬂexible working will be extended to all employees in order to help care for a child and employers will have a duty to consider all requests in a reasonable way with guidance published on how to do this.
Click on the following link to read Nick Clegg's full speech: