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Deputy PM Nick Clegg yesterday announced the Government's proposals to introduce 'Flexible Paternity Leave' by amending current legislation on maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay to allow both partners to take leave at the same time from 2015.
Retained in the proposed Flexible Paternity Leave legislation will be:
Changes that will follow in 2015 if the Government's proposals are implemented will enable mothers to commit to ending their maternity leave and pay at a future date, and share the untaken balance of leave and pay as "flexible parental leave" with their partner. Flexible parental leave will have to be taken in a minimum of one-week blocks.
Key elements of the changes:
The Government will also consider making arrangements for working parents who do not meet the qualifying requirements to receive statutory payments, although such a provision will not be introduced before 2018.
Employers will need to ensure they have in place policies and procedures which support these changes to avoid falling foul of the proposed changes and leaving themselves exposed to claims of brwach of contract and/or sex discrimination.
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