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New parents to share time off with baby

27 January 2011 - 2:35pm

Fathers will have a chance to share parental leave from April, the government has announced.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg confirmed the plans, originally proposed by the last Labour government, during a speech to the think-tank Demos.

Six months’ leave
The flexible system will allow a father to take up to six months leave if, for example, a mother wishes to returns to work before her full maternity leave expires.

‘We welcome the increased flexibility that this will bring, allowing parents to decide who takes time off to care for their new baby,’ says Kate Moran, the CSP’s head of employment research.

Loss of earnings
‘We also welcome the announcement of a further review to introduce more flexibility by 2015,’ she says.

‘However, many parents will be unable to take full advantage of these provisions as they will not be able to afford the loss of earnings that would go with taking the full period of parental leave.’



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