Unpaid parental leave increases to 18 weeks from 8th March 2013

The right to unpaid parental leave increases from 13 weeks to 18 weeks from 8th March 2013.

Every employee who is the parent of a child can take up to 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave during the first five years of the child’s life. Adoptive parents must take their parental leave by the 5th anniversary of the adoption or the child’s 18th birthday, whichever occurs sooner.

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