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Increase in Unpaid Parental Leave Delayed Until 2013

The Government has confirmed that it will not be implementing its proposed increase to unpaid parental leave this March as expected.

Parents of children up to the age of five are currently entitled to a minimum

unpaid parental leave provision of 13 weeks, which applies per child.

This allowance was set to increase to 18 weeks under the Parental Leave Directive, which comes into force on 8 March 2012.

However, the Government now plans to use an exception which allows member states an additional year’s grace to implement the rules, as a result of the ongoing development of its ‘modern workplaces policy.’ The increase will now come into effect in March 2013.

Clare McDairmant, Solicitor, Just Employment Solicitors.

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