England is about to embrace change – yes, change, believe it or not, is what I said! You read correctly.
The government has announced plans to shake up the rules governing maternity / paternity leave law by instituting flexible parental leave. Starting in 2015, mums and dads will be able to share up to 12 months of leave to care for their new baby. Exciting stuff!
Word is that dads will be able to take leave from two weeks after the baby is born if mum wishes to return to work.
In a modern world where equality is a word taken for granted, men often get the short end of the stick when it comes to family. It’s great that the authorities have recognised that a man is as qualified to care for a little baby as is a woman.
The change in rules to maternity / paternity leave law in UK will open up a world of choice to couples and families – especially ones in which the woman is the primary breadwinner.
BUT before we get too enthused, the rules have not been changed yet and no official laws have been passed. A report by the BBC says that this should all happen next year. (We’ll keep you posted.)