parental leave

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parental leave

the right of a parent to take time off work to care for a child. In the UK these rights have recently been enshrined in law following a European Directive on this issue. Such leave is unpaid and is restricted to employees who have at least one year's employment. See MATERNITY RIGHTS, PATERNITY RIGHTS.
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At the Huddersfield Town Hall meeting, councillors agreed to amend the allowances scheme to authorise maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay.
While on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, employees are also allowed up to 10 "keeping-intouch days" (KITS) or 20 "shared-parental-in-touch days" (SPLITS), without ending their leave or pay.
The company also offers a training program that prepares employees for maternity or adoption leave.
The scale consisted of 24 items under four categories, namely, leave arrangements (carer leave, study/training leave, career breaks, cultural/religious leave, bereavement leave, and pooling of leave entitlements), maternity and parenting policies (unpaid maternity/paternity/adoption leave, paid maternity leave, paid paternity leave, paid adoption leave, and employer assistance with childcare), flexible work arrangements (part-time working, job sharing, telecommuting, self-rostering, and caps on overtime) and additional work provisions (telephone for personal use, counselling services, referral services, health programs, paternity or family support programs, exercise facilities, relocation or placement assistance, equal access to promotion, training and development).
The Working Mother Research Institute's 100 Best Companies of 2014 also average three weeks of fully paid paternity leave and five weeks of fully paid adoption leave.
The first two weeks after birth or adoption must be taken as maternity or adoption leave.
More rights for surrogate and adoptive parents From April 6, parents taking adoption leave will have the same eligibility requirements and statutory pay as employees taking maternity leave.
An eligible mother who wants to take ShPL, or enable her eligible partner to take it, must end her maternity or adoption leave and this can be done by returning to work before the end of her maternity leave period, or by giving notice that she intends to end it at a future date.
A guide has been published to help workers and employers understand new rights on sharing maternity or adoption leave.
This will allow arrangements associated with the adoption leave to be made.

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