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Equal parental leave pay for Civil Service Employees


Both male and female employees will be offered full parental pay in the Civil Service. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce the plans this week, which are due to come in place from April 2015.

Fathers will now be able to benefit from full pay when parents decide to take shared parental leave, which was previously only offered to mothers. Mr Clegg will say the changes mean fathers will be able to spend more time caring for their new born children.

Additional Parental Leave was introduced by the coalition government in 2011, in which extra leave was given to employed fathers if the mother returned to work and was not claiming statutory maternity pay. The change in the Civil Service may prompt other public and private sector employers to follow suit, as the face of childcare continues to change.

In a speech to announce these changes, Nick Clegg will say:
“I pushed for the introduction of shared parental leave in the first place because I fundamentally believe it’s time for us to sweep away the outdated regulations and prejudices which still limit the choices of too many people in this country.
“Evidence shows promoting flexible working patterns like this can help boost employee productivity, loyalty and retention.
“ I’m pleased to confirm that from April 2015 the civil service will be offering equal parental pay and support to all its employees – male and female.
“As a result, it will no longer just be new mums working in the civil service who can take maternity leave at full pay. Dads will also be able to benefit from enhanced pay for shared parental leave, if both parents choose to carve up their time between them.
“This means more fathers will be able to afford to take time off to spend caring for their newborn children.”

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