Parental leave

Parental leave


The Parental Leave Directive (2010/18/EU) (PDF format, 743K) (on the Europa website) repeals and replaces the Parental Leave Directive (96/34/EC). The permitted period of parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child increases from three to four months, and at least one of the four months will not be transferable between parents.

The weekly rate of statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay increases to £148.68 for pay weeks commencing on or after 1 April 2019.

The weekly rate of statutory sick pay increases to £94.25 from 6 April 2019.

It is up to HR to make sure that staff on maternity, paternity, adoption shared parental leave and on sick leave are paid these statutory minimum rates. HR professionals also need to review their policies and documents that mention the rates, such as their maternity policy and sickness absence procedures.

Child Entitlement
For each child 18 weeks up to their 18th birthday
For each adopted child 18 weeks up to their 18th birthday
For each child who qualifies for Disability Living Allowance 18 weeks up to their 18th birthday

The limit on how much parental leave can be taken a year is 4 weeks (unless the employer agrees otherwise).

Unless an employer agrees otherwise, or the child is disabled, leave should be taken in blocks of one week.

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