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2019 Family Friendly Amendments

1 september 2019

States are debating the proposal at the end of March 2019 and if passed the following will be effective from 1 September.,  The chart below sets out the changes, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries:

 

  CURRENT RIGHTS EFFECTIVE 01/09/2019
Maternity leave 26 weeks of leave of which 6 weeks paid at 100% of pay by the employer. No qualifying period.  
52 weeks
 
52 weeks of leave for all parents of which 6 weeks paid at 100% of pay by the employer, with no qualifying period.
 
Parental leave 26 weeks of leave of which 2 weeks paid at 100% of pay by the employer. Can be taken in up to 3 blocks of leave. Can be taken in up to 4 blocks of leave during a 3 year period.
Adoption leave Paid and unpaid leave equivalent to maternity leave and parental leave.  
Surrogacy leave Currently no right to leave for the intended surrogate parents. Also available to adoptive and intended surrogate parents.
Surrogate parents -antenatal care Currently no right to time off to attend appointments. Unlimited attendance at appointments - up to 10 hours paid, the rest unpaid. 
Adoptive parents - appointments Currently no right to time off to attend adoption appointments. Unlimited attendance at appointments - up to 10 hours paid, the rest unpaid.
Breastfeeding breaks Currently no rights Right to request temporary variation to terms and conditions. 
Breastfeeding facilities Currently no rights Employers must take reasonable steps to provide facilities in the workplace.
Paid absence on health and safety grounds Currently no rights Right to paid absence where a risk assessment prevents a pregnant or breastfeeding woman from carrying out her normal job and she cannot be allocated to other duties.

 

 

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