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Consultation on new proposals to support working families

15 August 2019


Views sought on government proposals to better support parents to balance work and family-life

The government is looking at ways in which they can meet and anticipate the needs of modern working families and their employers. Through this consultation they are seeking views on the current system of support for families across the following three key areas: parental leave and pay; neonatal leave and pay; and flexible working.

Parental leave and pay
This section of the consultation asks whether Statutory Paternity Leave for fathers and same sex partners should be changed and for suggestions on ways in which the Shared Parental Leave policy could be improved. Options for reforming existing entitlements have been outlined that could help parents to balance the gender division of parental leave.

Respond online to this section of the consultation.
Closing date: 29 November 2019.

Neonatal leave and pay
This section of the consultation sets out a proposal for a new Neonatal Leave and Pay entitlement, for parents of premature and sick babies who need to spend a prolonged period in neonatal care following birth. Parents would receive one week of Neonatal Leave and Pay for every week that their baby is in hospital, subject to certain conditions which form part of the consultation. This would be available to mothers, fathers and partners.

Respond online to this section of the consultation.
Closing date: 11 October 2019.

Transparency of flexible working and family related leave and pay policies
In this section of the consultation the government seeking views on whether employers should publish their family related leave and pay, flexible working policies and whether there should be a requirement for employers to consider advertising jobs as flexible.

Respond online to this section of the consultation.
Closing date: 11 October 2019.

See full details on the Good Work Plan: Proposals to support families.