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Acas guidance on supporting parents with ill or premature babies

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New advice has been published today to assist employers in supporting staff who have given birth to premature or ill babies.

Acas’ advice for employers includes:

• being compassionate and sensitive in all communication;
• being discrete - ask parents what they would like to tell their colleagues about their situation;
• making employees aware of statutory entitlements to leave, such as shared parental leave; and
• trying to be flexible in giving time off when parents return to work as the baby may have follow up appointments or treatment.

Business Minister Margot James said:

“Working parents deserve support at work, and those who have premature babies should expect nothing less than total backing from their employers at what can be an exceptionally difficult and worrying time."