The Play Providers Association
01 October 2014

Changes to the Children and Families Act


Changes to the Children and Families Act

Statutory rights to leave and pay

Parents will be able to choose how they share their child care during the first year following the birth, when the new regulation comes into effect on 5 April 2015 This allows for shared parental leave and pay, with the Mother still being required to take two weeks’ compulsory leave after the birth.

Under the same regulation, adoptive parents will have the right to leave from ‘day one’ with no qualifying conditions for adopters who are matched with a child. Adopters will also qualify for shared parental pay if the qualifying criteria are met, and they will have the right to paid leave to attend up to five introductory meetings, with the other adopter in a joint adoption case being entitled to unpaid leave to attend up to two introductory meetings.

Time off work to accompany to ante-natal appointments

With effect from 1 October 2014 Fathers and partners of expectant Mothers will have the right to take unpaid time off to attend ante-natal appointments. These rights are to include intended parents in a surrogacy situation.

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