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Ordinary Parental Leave


Ordinary Parental Leave is a period of leave from work that employees can request in order to look after a child's welfare.  It is normally unpaid and is available for each of your employees' children, up to their 18th birthday.

Ordinary Parental Leave should not be confused with Shared Parental Leave , which is a separate entitlement for eligible parents of children.

Conditions relating to Ordinary Parental Leave include:

  • Employees must have completed one year's continuous service with their employer to qualify.
  • A maximum of 18 weeks of unpaid leave can be taken for children under 18 years of age, subject to a maximum of four weeks being taken each calendar year.
  • Leave may be taken straight after the birth or adoption, or following a period of maternity leave.

Ordinary Parental Leave must be taken in blocks of a week, or multiples of a week, but cannot be taken as "odd" days off, unless the employee's child is disabled.

To understand more about Ordinary Parental Leave please contact a member of the HRx  team.