For parents of children due on or after 3 April 2011, the Government has announced the following intentions:

  • Mothers with maternity leave outstanding in the second six months of a child's life will be able to transfer up to six months of leave to the father.
  • If the leave is taken during the mother's 39-week maternity pay period, up to three months of that leave will paid at the same rate as statutory maternity pay.

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