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Parental Leave and Family Emergencies Policy

This policy outlines employees' entitlement to time off for Parental Leave and Family Emergencies.

Parental Leave

The law entitles employees to be absent from work on parental leave in order to care for a natural or an adopted child or to make arrangements for the child’s welfare.  This policy implements the relevant regulations.

Both mothers and fathers can take parental leave.  The right to take parental leave enables natural mothers and fathers (as named on the child’s birth certificate) and adoptive mothers and fathers to each take up to 18 weeks’ unpaid time off work to care for their child.  Parents who have acquired formal parental responsibility for a child also qualify.  The period of leave to which a parent of a disabled child is entitled is also18 weeks.

Time off for Family Emergencies

In addition to parental leave, employees have a statutory right to take a reasonable amount of unpaid time off work to deal with family emergencies.  There is no contractual entitlement to remuneration for such absences.

This document is a legally compliant, practical and flexible Parental Leave and Family Emergencies Policy. We hope you find it easy to understand and use. It is in template form and allows you to add your Company name if required, and customise it to suit your specific requirements as a business. If you require any advice on using this document we do provide very cost effective support.


If you would like to discuss further support or employment advice on any issue please contact us and we will talk through the options with you. Please call 01789 470700, saying you would like to discuss Consultancy Support.

Last Updated: Jul 2015
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