Parental Leave

Previously only available to parents of children up to the age of 5 (or 18 if the child was disabled), unpaid Parental Leave has now been extended to allow all parents the right to take a total of 18 weeks unpaid parental leave, per child, up until the child’s 18th birthday. Employees applying to take this leave must have been employed continuously for one or more years to qualify. Employers should now be prepared to deal with such applications.