A new consultation was launched by the Government in May to consider proposed extensions to flexible working and shared parental leave amongst other issues. The consultation will close in August 2011. The proposals include the following:
- Retaining 18 weeks’ maternity leave, with the remainder of the maternity leave being classed as ‘parental leave’ which could be taken by the mother or the father,
- The extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees, not just those with children under the age of 17,
- Amending the Working Time Regulations to provide that employees can carry over untaken holiday into subsequent years if they have lost the chance to take paid holiday because of sickness absence or maternity/parental leave.