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Increase in Unpaid Parental Leave from March 2013
The right to unpaid parental leave will increase from 13 weeks to 18 weeks from 8 March 2013.

The change is required to implement the EU Parental Leave Directive which increased the minimum parental leave provision from three to four months.

The Directive came into force on 8 March 2012, however the UK Government has made use of an exception that allows member states an extra year for implementation.

Every employee who is the parent of a child will be able to take up to 18 weeks of unpaid parental leave during the first five years of the child's life. Adoptive parents must take their parental leave by the fifth anniversary of the adoption or by the child's 18th birthday, whichever occurs sooner.

Parents or adoptive parents of disabled children will be entitled to up to 18 weeks of parental leave each until the child's 18th birthday. The entitlement applies to each individual child, and to qualify for parental leave, the parent must have been employed continuously for at least one year.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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