Changes are planned to introduce a right to paid leave for eligible employees with a child who is receiving or has received neonatal care.
The Neonatal Care Bill will see employees receive up to 12 weeks leave and pay (subject to qualifying criteria) for those responsible for care of a child that is receiving neonatal care, in addition to other applicable parental leave.
Final details are still to be confirmed, and again the Bill is still going through the Houses, so specifics may change, however as it stands, the Bill will apply to parents whose babies who are admitted into hospital up to the age of 28 days, and who have a continuous stay in hospital of 7 full days or more. This will be a day one right and will therefore apply to all employees.
Employees taking neonatal care leave will have the same employment protections as those associated with other forms of family-related leave.
After the Bill becomes law, the date at which the law is implemented could be 18 months after Spring 2023.
We shall continue to monitor this and provide you with the necessary information and update existing policies as and when we can.
To find out more on Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Bill, click on the link below: