Government to announce parental leave reforms
The government is due to detail reforms to the Children and Families Bill, which will change the way that parental leave can be taken, itv.com reports.
For those working in franchise services, the reforms set out in the Bill will mean that parents are given the flexibility to share out parental leave during the first year of their child’s life. Fathers’ rights will be extended beyond the existing ten days’ leave, should a family so desire.
The idea behind the reforms is to bring greater balance to work and home life, while enabling women to return to the workplace sooner after childbirth if they wish. It is also designed to allow fathers to play a greater part in the upbringing of their offspring.
Jo Swinson, business minister, said via hrmagazine.co.uk that “the Children and Families Bill will bring the way mums and dads balance their lives at work and at home into the 21st Century” and that the existing rules were “old-fashioned and rigid”.
The reforms will allow mothers and fathers to split out 52 weeks of leave in any combination. They will be able to alternate leave or take it at the same time, provided no more than 52 weeks is taken in total.