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