Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Thousands of working parents have gained the right to time off to spend withtheir children after extended regulations on parental leave came into forcelast week. The move means parents with children who were aged under five on 15 December1999 are entitled to 13 weeks off for each child. Previously, only parents of children born on or after that date qualifiedfor the right to time off. It is estimated that the move will add a further 336,000 parents to the 2.8million who already benefit from the law. Parents must give their employer at least 21 days’ notice to take time off,but companies can postpone leave if they thinkit will affect business. A DTI spokesman said: “The Government is committed to helping parentsachieve a better balance between work and home, without imposing undue burdenson their employers.” Leave for parents of disabled children has been increased from 13 to 18weeks. Parental leave rights extendedOn 15 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.