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In June, we provided an update on the changes to parental leave entitlements introduced by the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019 (the Act). These increased entitlements now apply in the workplace, with effect from 1 September 2019.

The impact of these changes

Employees are now entitled to take 22 weeks unpaid parental leave, compared to the previous 18 weeks. The new Act also increases the maximum age of the child for whom parental leave can be taken, from 8 years to 12 years.

Additional changes in the coming months

The Government’s Parental Leave Scheme, which will allow employees to take two weeks' paid parental benefit during the first 12 months of the baby’s life, is due to come into force in November 2019.


Employers need to review and update their parental leave policies to take account of these changes.

If you would like to discuss the potential impact of this issue on your business, please contact a member of our Employment & Benefits team.

The content of this article is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other advice.

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