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Family rights

05 October 2016

Employees who have parental responsibility for a child are afforded certain legal rights in order to protect and support their role as parents.

Employees who have parental responsibility for a child are afforded certain legal rights in order to protect and support their role as parents.

In this Inbrief, we summarise the basic legal position on maternity and adoption, shared parental leave, paternity leave, parental leave, time off for dependents and flexible working, referred to collectively as ‘family rights’.

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