If you have been continuously employed by us for at least one year and have parental responsibility for a child aged under 18, you are entitled to unpaid parental leave of a maximum of 18 weeks for each child. Leave must be taken in blocks of one week unless the child qualifies for Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment in which case single days may be taken. A maximum of four weeks leave per child can be taken in a rolling year.

We are entitled to seek evidence of your entitlement to take parental leave.


You must give 21 days before the date on which the leave is to begin.

If the operation of the business will be unduly disrupted by the parental leave, we may postpone the parental leave if necessary.

Contractual benefits

You will continue to receive your contractual benefits, other than remuneration, during parental leave.