The European Union have signed a revised Framework Agreement which increases parental leave from three to four months for each parent.

Under the current EC Parental Leave Directive (“the Directive”) employers must give a minimum of three months leave to both parents after the birth of a child. The Directive is implemented in the UK by the Maternity and Parental Leave etc Regulations 1999 which allows parents to take up to 13 weeks unpaid leave for each child before their firth birthday (or eighteenth birthday, if the child is disabled).

The European Commission will now submit a proposal to the Council of Ministers for the Framework Agreement to be implemented by way of an amendment to the Directive. The Council may then adopt the proposal by a qualified majority.

For further information, visit this link: http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/press/ press_releases/2009/pr0958_en.htm