Equal Treatment - Parental Leave: Employment

Ordinary Parental Leave


Employees who have completed one year's continuous service with a company are entitled to 18 weeks of unpaid leave to care for their child if the employee is the birth or adoptive parent of a child who is under 18 years of age. This is a right for which both mothers and fathers are eligible. The entitlement to 18 weeks parental leave is 18 weeks per child. 

Employees may not take ordinary parental leave in blocks of less than one week (except in relation to a child who is disabled) and may not take more than four weeks' leave in respect of any individual child in any year.

It is a matter for the Employer and Employee to agree how parental leave will be operated. In the absence of an agreement between the parties or in the event of the matter not being dealt with within the contract of employment, then the provisions of the Parental Leave Regulations 1999 will be applicable.

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