A number of changes to parental leave are due to take place in 2019 and 2020. These include:
- A new paid Parental Leave Scheme that allows parents to take two weeks paid leave each during their child’s first year (expected from November 2019).
- A phased extension to the number of weeks parents can take as unpaid parental leave. Parental leave for parents of eligible children will increase from 18 weeks to 22 weeks from September 2019 and from 22 to 26 weeks from September 2020. If your employer agrees, you can separate your leave into periods of days or even hours.
- An increase in the age of children that parents can take parental leave for. This will increase from 8 to 12 years of age.
The legislation needs to be enacted before these changes come into effect. More details on these points are available here.