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Parental Leave must be taken in blocks of a week

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By a majority, the EAT has decided that parental leave can only be taken in blocks of one week, under the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999.

The employee purported to take one day's parental leave. The employment tribunal held this to be lawful, in satisfaction of his entitlement to one week of his thirteen weeks' parental leave. The EAT (by a majority) overruled this, holding that for absence to attract the protection of the parental leave legislation, it MUST be taken in blocks of a week.

The EAT has given permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal.

[Thanks to Maxine Pieri of Kennedys, solicitors for the successful employer, for telling me about this case]

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