Clegg unveils plan for couples to share maternity leave
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has outlined plans to press ahead with changes in April to allow couples to share maternity leave.
The change, originally put forward by the last government, lets a father take up any remaining unpaid leave if their partner goes back to work early.
Nick Clegg described the current paternity arrangements as "Edwardian".
He said the government would consult on a "proper" system of shared parental leave to be introduced in 2015.
'Alarm Clock Britain'
In the speech Mr Clegg said it was vital that reforms to parental leave helped not only the rich, but also ordinary working families in what he calls "Alarm Clock Britain".
"Too many of these parents feel trapped by the current rigid rules," he said. The current systems, which allows men two weeks of paternity leave "patronise women and marginalise men".
The government wants couples to be able to take leave in a number of chunks rather than a single block, or parents taking time off together rather than one after the other.
The change allowing men to use unpaid leave not used by their partners was originally proposed by the previous Labour government. It will come in later this year.
Change in law - shared paternity leave
Stickman 29,652 posts
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I'll take my block when they head off to uni.
Dougs 75,861 posts
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All well and good but doesn't deal with the major problem - that the bloke still has to go back to work because by and large he's the majority wage earner. And this additional period of leave is unpaid (I assume SMP or something might apply), so I can't see this changing much except for the top earners who can afford to have both parents off at the same time for an extended period. And that's without the impact on businesses, who really aren't going to want someone being off for 2 weeks, coming back for 3 weeks, then disappearing again.
rutter 1,919 posts
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What happens if your wife doesn't work? Can I take the whole lot myself!?
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