How much paid parental leave is an employee entitled to annually?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 May 2015
From 5 April 2015, an employee is entitled to 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave for each child and adopted child, up to their 18th birthday. The limit on how much parental leave each parent can take in a year is 4 weeks for each child (unless the employer agrees otherwise). Furthermore, an employee must take parental leave as whole weeks (e.g. 1 week or 2 weeks) rather than individual days, unless the employer agrees otherwise or if the employee’s child is disabled. The employee is not required to all the leave at once. A ‘week’ equals the length of time an employee normally works over 7 days.
More on Working Time & Leave
- The Harpur Trust v Brazel 
- Hallett v Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
- Can an employer use an unpaid work trial as part of a recruitment process?
- How should employers calculate holiday pay for zero hours or casual hours based on the PSNI decision?
- How to define ‘regularity’ in relation to holiday pay
The information in this article is provided as part of Legal-Island's Employment Law Hub. We regret we are not able to respond to requests for specific legal or HR queries and recommend that professional advice is obtained before relying on information supplied anywhere within this article.