Thursday, 24 January 2008

Reality Check call for Parental Leave

Syrian "Man and Baby"
Originally uploaded by damascus leila

At the moment both parents have the right to paternity leave, the father 2 weeks at £108.85. The mother 39 weeks paid at 90% of her average earnings for 6 weeks and then drops to £108.85 for the remainder.

We all know how expensive children can be how difficult it can be to organise your working life and home life around children. We never seem to have enough holidays to cope with those sudden emergencies.

Parental leave can help. You can take up to three months leave (you do need to apply for this through your employer) in the first five years of the child's life.

Although very handy, this leave is unpaid and very few families are unable to make use of it.

Nick Poole, partner at Latimer Hinks Solicitors is calling for changes to the current system.

Following are links to further information:

Career Death for Women as Fathers work on

Work and Families - tailored interactive guidance on employment rights

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