Parental leave is unpaid. The child must be under 5 (or 18 in special circumstances).
|For each child||18 weeks up to their 5th birthday|
|For each adopted child||18 weeks up to their 18th birthday or 5th anniversary of their adoption, whichever comes first|
|For each child who qualifies for Disability Living Allowance||18 weeks up to their 18th birthday|
The limit on how much parental leave each parent can take in a year is 4 weeks for each child (unless the employer agrees otherwise).
You must take parental leave as whole weeks (eg 1 week or 2 weeks) rather than individual days, unless your employer agrees otherwise or if your child is disabled. You don’t have to take all the leave at once.
A ‘week’ equals the length of time an employee normally works over 7 days.
If an employee works 3 days a week, one ‘week’ of parental leave equals 3 days. If an employee works irregular weeks the number of days in a ‘week’ is the total number of days they work a year divided by 52.
Carrying leave over from a previous job
Parental leave applies to each child not to an individual’s job.
An employee is entitled to 18 weeks. They’ve used 10 with a previous employer. They can use up to 8 weeks with their new employer if they’re eligible.