Employees with children under the age of 18 may be entitled to 18 weeks of parental leave for each child.
In addition, they're protected against unfair treatment or dismissal based on requesting or taking parental leave, and they have a right to bring a complaint to an employment tribunal if they are denied or delayed their parental leave, which may result in you paying them compensation.
No statutory pay entitlement
Unlike maternity, paternity, adoption, and shared parental leave, parental leave doesn’t offer any statutory pay.
Shared parental leave
Employees are entitled to shared parental leave if:
• They’re named on the child’s birth certificate and/or
• Have parental responsibility for the child and
• They’ve been continuously employed for at least 1 year prior to taking the leave
• The leave is being taken for the purpose of caring for the child
The employee must notify you within 21 days of the date that they plan to start and end their leave – or, if the baby hasn’t been born or placed for adoption yet, they must give notice at least 21 days’ notice before the week that the child is expected to be born or placed.
In the case of multiple births or the adoption of more than one child as part of the same placement, the employee has the right to take ordinary parental leave in respect of each child. Therefore, in the event of twins being born, each parent would be entitled to take a total of 36 weeks' parental leave during the period up to the twins' 18th birthday.
When can the leave be taken?
An employee can take parental leave any time before their child’s 18th birthday.
The leave doesn’t have to be taken all at once, but can instead be taken as and when needed, as long as the leave periods are complete weeks and no more than 4 weeks are taken in any one year, except where the child is disabled, in which case it may be taken one day at a time. Where this occurs, the employer should add together the individual days of ordinary parental leave taken by the employee to make up complete weeks.
Want to access this guide?
Already have a Farillio account? SIGN IN
Get unlimited access to 100s of legal resources by signing up to Farillio today.
- Manage your legal documents online
- Well written legal templates by our partners
- Guides to help you understand law
- Legal help available every step of the way