Neonatal care bill

Posted on July 26th, 2022

The Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Bill, which was brought as a private members bill, received government backing in its second reading earlier this month. The bill will allow parents whose babies require hospital neonatal care to take 12 weeks’ paid leave in addition to their statutory maternity or paternity leave. In summary, the bill will:

  • Be available from day one of employment.
  • Apply to parents whose babies are admitted to hospital up to the age of 28 days.
  • Apply to babies who need to stay in hospital for seven days continuously or more.

The bill will now go to the committee stage, where a small group of MPs will carry out a detailed examination and may suggest amendments to the wording.

Further information can be found here.

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