There have been various developments over the years aimed at giving working parents greater support, flexibility and work-life balance. This topic covers all areas relating to parental rights during employment, including maternity leave and pay, adoption leave/pay, shared parental leave, paternity leave and unpaid parental leave. It examines the rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees, while also considering time off to care for dependants and the right to request flexible working.

Note that the Government has announced that it will undertake a review of parental leave – that is, all the types of leave that parents can take, including better access to paternity leave. No date has yet been announced for this.

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