Maternity and paternity rights

Working parents have the following legal rights:

  • paid and unpaid maternity leave
  • paid paternity leavepaid and unpaid adoption leaveto request flexible working hours
  • unpaid parental leave for parents of children under five (18 if your child is disabled)
  • unpaid time off to deal with unexpected problems with the care of dependants.

These rights apply to parents in same-sex as well as in opposite-sex relationships.

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