Wednesday, 4 August 1999

The main proposals are as follows:


- employees (mothers, fathers and adoptive parents) will qualify if they have one year's continuous service.

- up to 13 weeks off over the first 5 years of each child's life.

- a minimum of four weeks notice must be given. Notice of double the
amount of leave if the employee wants to take more than two weeks at
a time e.g 8 weeks for 4 weeks leave;

- the employer can postpone leave where the needs of the business
make this necessary and it is reasonable to do so, but cannot
postpone it for more than six months.

- a special provision will allow fathers to arrange to take time off
straight after a baby is born or adoption of a child providing at
least three months notice is given before the week in which the birth
or adoption is expected.

- light touch regulation means there is no legal requirement for
employers to keep a record of parental leave taken.
- applies to children born after 15th December 1999.


- qualifying period reduced from two years to one

- extended by a month from 14 to 18 weeks


Circumstances include:

- if a dependant falls ill, is injured or assaulted, or gives birth;

- the consequences of the death of a dependant e.g. dealing with
funeral arrangements and to attend a funeral;

- a child is involved in a serious incident at school or during
school hours; or

- childcare or other arrangements break down e.g. if the childminder
or nurse does not turn up.

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