United Kingdom -Young fathers not eligible for parental leave -February 04, 2015

Trade union confederation TUC has calculated that two in five (40%) new fathers won’t qualify for new rights to shared parental leave. The TUC welcomes shared parental leave, but is concerned the scheme will have a very limited impact because of the rules around eligibility and low statutory pay.

Trade union confederation TUC has calculated that two in five (40%) new fathers won’t qualify for new rights to shared parental leave. The TUC welcomes shared parental leave, but is concerned the scheme will have a very limited impact because of the rules around eligibility and low statutory pay. From April 2015 mothers will be allowed to share up to 50 weeks of their maternity leave and 37 weeks of their pay with their partners. However, the TUC-analysis shows that two-fifths of working dads with a child under one would be ineligible, mainly because their partner is not in paid work. Mothers who don’t have a job (whether employed or self-employed) don’t have a right to maternity leave or pay that they can share.

English: http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-issues/work-life-balance/employment-rights ...  


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