Parental Leave


When you know you’re going to be a parent, you feel blessed as well a rewarding experience. It can also be a very challenging time balancing the personal and professional life.  Parental Leave gives you the capacity to go on vacation work to care for your children’s welfare. This incorporates investing more energy with your children.

If you’re an employee and a parent, you’re entitled to 18 weeks of unpaid parental leave to look after your child, up to their 18th birthday. It usually depends on the contract or the employment right, but on most cases, parental leaves are unpaid. Each parent can take up to 18 weeks for each child. If you take it, it should be;

  • In a blocks of a week at a time
  • A maximum of 4 weeks a year for each child.


Letting the employer know about your parental leave

You should give your manager 21 days' notification, including the beginning and end dates, of your plan to take parental leave. On the off chance that you, or your partner, are having a child or receiving, your notification period is 21 days before the week the child or kid is normal. On the off chance that you can't do this (for example untimely birth), then, at that point it ought to be given when for all intents and purposes conceivable. To qualify for a parental leave, one must have a full contract of employment, have to work for a year in the same company and be named on the birth certificate/adoption certificate or expect to have responsibility for the child’s upbringing (parental responsibility), also you’re self-employed and pay Class 2 National Insurance

When your employer can delay your parental leave

Your manager can defer your parental leave if it will be troublesome to work.

For instance, you need to require seven days of parental leave in mid-Walk, but since a major undertaking is beginning then, at that point, your boss needs to advise you to disappear later in the year when the venture is done.

Parental leave can be delayed for as long as a half year after the date you initially requested.

On the off chance that your boss chooses to delay your parental leave, they should keep in touch with you inside 7 days of your solicitation to: disclose to you why the leave is being deferred give other reasonable dates

They should ensure that you can withdraw you requested before your youngster's eighteenth birthday celebration.

Your boss can't deny or totally drop parental leave.

How much does one get during the Parental Leave?

Depending on what you're eligible for, you'll get either:

  • £151.97 per week, or 90% of your average earnings (whichever is less) for 39 weeks.
  • £27 per week for 39 weeks - this is for self-employed people who haven't paid 13 weeks of National Insurance during the 66 weeks of their pregnancy.
  • £27 per week for 14 weeks.


How to claim:

You'll have to round out the structure MA1 for maternity recompense. You can do this on the web, or print it out and send it to the location imprinted on the structure.

Common questions related to Parental leave

What happens to my administration during my parental leave?

During the parental leave, you will still be an employee of the company, but the employer is not obliged to pay you your wages. Well, it depends on the contract though. Your legal rights won't be influenced and can accumulate while you are on parental leave. Notwithstanding, your manager can suspend your legally binding rights, for example, any paid occasion well beyond the legal least. Find out more on

In case I'm a parent to a disabled child, what are my privileges to my parental leave?

On the off chance that your kid is in receipt of Inability Living Recompense, you're permitted to withdraw throughout lumps of time enduring short of what multi week – for instance, on odd days. For kids without incapacity, the leave should be required in one-week blocks.

Who counts as a ‘parent’ in order to be able to take parental leave?

Just guardians, carers with 'parental duty' or who hope to get 'parental obligation’ and fathers who are enlisted on a kid's introduction to the world declaration are qualified for take parental leave for a kid


Varying a period of leave

You are entitled to submit a request to vary a period of leave in the following ways:

  • differ the beginning or end date as long as the variety is mentioned in any event two months before the first beginning date and the new beginning date
  • change or drop the measure of leave mentioned in any event two months before the first beginning date
  • Demand that a solitary time of leave become a spasmodic time of leave or the other way around.

The standard eight-week notice prerequisite might be changed if your kid is conceived early and the new beginning date for the time of leave follows the birth by a similar period of time as in the first notification. For this situation notice to differ the beginning date ought to be given when sensibly practicable after the introduction of the child.


Other rights during Parental Leave

During your Parental Leave, your terms and states of work are secured. Your boss can't change your terms and states of work while you are on Parental Leave without your understanding.

You likewise can't be excused from work or subject to unreasonable treatment since you have taken Parental Leave.

You reserve the privilege to get back to a similar work in the event that you took Parental Leave of about a month or less.

On the off chance that you have taken more Parental Leave (for example a month for one youngster and fourteen days briefly kid) then, at that point you reserve the option to get back to a task that isn't essentially unique, however it may not be something similar.

In the event that your boss is proposing to make changes that could influence your work, you should contact the NASUWT right away.