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Business News 14 Nov 2012

Business reacts to parental leave plans

Business groups have given a broad welcome to new reforms that will extend flexible working rights to all employees, and allow new parents to share up to a year's leave to look after their newborn baby.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed that while women will have to take an initial two weeks of leave following the birth (four weeks in the case of manual workers), from that point on parents can opt to share the remaining leave as flexible parental leave.

Under the new system, from 2015 parents will be able to take leave in turns, or at the same time, as long as the total amount of leave taken does not exceed 52 weeks.



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