Nick Clegg to announce flexible parental leave

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to announce plans for a new, flexible parental leave system, that will allow both parents to share up to a year’s leave after their child is born.

The idea is to create better career opportunities for women, who are often disadvantaged professionally as they start to plan their families and go off on maternity leave.

Under the new system, only the mother will be able to take leave in the first two weeks following birth, but after that, both parents can share the rest of the year between them. Women in employment will still be able to take the full 52 weeks if they wish.

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