Advice on rights and benefits for working parents and carers of adults. Includes information about maternity, caring for disabled children and flexible working for all.
Last year’s Supporting Parents and Carers campaign was themed 'A Better Deal for Dads.' Usdaw believes that most working dads and partners of new mothers get a raw deal when it comes to time off work. After the birth of a baby they get just two weeks paternity leave and Usdaw believes this is too short. We were callng for:
- Longer and better paid paternity leave.
- A right to paid time off work to attend antenatal appointments with the mother. At present dads and partners have the right to attend two antenatal appointments but this right is unpaid and so of little use to many Usdaw members.
- More flexible paternity leave. At the moment leave must be taken within 56 days of the baby’s birth or placement and can only be taken in blocks of one or two consecutive weeks. We want dads and partners to have more of a say in how and when they take time off.