Consultation on proposals to support families

Close date: 29 November 2019

The Government consults on proposals to support working parents achieve greater work-life balance. It seeks views on what changes should be made to statutory paternity leave and pay, such as the length of leave available and how and when the leave should be taken, to encourage greater take up by fathers. It also considers what, if any, the impact of these changes would be on other statutory entitlements, such as maternity leave and pay.

In addition, the consultation seeks views on:

  • proposals to introduce statutory entitlements to neonatal leave and pay, to support parents who have babies that require neonatal care post birth; and
  • new transparency measures to require large employers to publish their family-friendly leave and pay and flexible working policies, which would enable job applicants and existing employees to make more informed decisions about job opportunities and access the flexibilities they may need to stay in the labour market.

The closing date for responses to the proposals in relation to neonatal leave and pay and transparency measures is 11 October 2019.
Consultation document: Good work plan - proposals to support families
Consultation outcome: Neonatal leave and pay - government response