The Parental Leave Directive (2010/18/EC) increases the minimum parental leave provision from three to four months. Member States were required to implement the Directive by 8th March 2012. However, Member States can delay implementation by a year if this is necessary “to take account of particular difficulties”.
It has been reported that the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has confirmed that it intends to use the additional year and implement the change by March 2013, rather than March 2012. It has said that this is “due to the ongoing ‘Modern Workplaces’ policy”.
The increase in unpaid parental leave from the 3 months to 4 months per parent per child will be implemented ahead of the other proposed changes to family-related leave, which are expected to come into force from 2015.