Eligible parents with children under the age of 18 have the legal right to take up to 18 weeks' unpaid parental leave.

This topic explains the qualifying conditions for an employee to be entitled to take parental leave, what caring for a child must involve and various types of parental leave schemes.

The importance of record keeping is explained, and how to manage employees on parental leave and the return to work is discussed. The legal consequences of failing to manage requests for parental leave correctly are also considered.

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