Extension of maternity and adoption leave and flexible working

Close date: 25 April 2006

The Government consults on draft regulations that extend family-friendly laws. The Maternity and Parental Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2006 include provisions to: remove the additional length of service qualifying condition for additional maternity leave; extend the period of notice that an employee is required to give to an employer of her intention to return to work before the end of her additional maternity leave from 28 days to eight weeks; and entitle employers to make 'reasonable contact' with an employee while she is on maternity leave. The Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2006 include provisions to: allow an employer to make 'reasonable contact' with an employee while he or she is on adoption leave; enable an employee on adoption leave to agree to undertake training or activities to keep in touch with the workplace; and extend the period of notice that an employee is required to give to an employer of his or her intention to return to work before the end of the additional adoption leave from 28 days to eight weeks. The Flexible Working (Eligibility, Complaints and Remedies) (Amendment) Regulations extend the right to request flexible working to carers of adults. The Government has also published the draft Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2006; Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (General) and Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (Weekly Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2006.
Consultation document:
Work and families choice and flexibility: Draft regulations on maternity and adoption leave and flexible working (PDF format, 269K)
Government's response
Draft Flexible Working Regulations: Summary of Responses and Government Response to the 2006 Consultation (PDF format, 172K)
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