Parental leave June 2016
Parental leave Policy, Version1, Page 1 of 5 Internal, June 2016
Parental leave Policy, Version1, Page 2 of 5 Internal, June 2016
Your manager might ask for proof (like a birth certificate) of your child’s age.
We want to support all of our colleagues and if you’re a parent, this document outlines our policy regarding statutory unpaid parental leave. This parental leave should not be confused with shared parental leave which is a different time off entitlement for eligible parents. This policy is subject to change from time to time so please ensure you are reading the most up-to-date version.
Parental responsibility is when you’re responsible for:
providing a home for the child; protecting and maintaining the child; disciplining the child; choosing and providing for the child’s education; agreeing to the child’s medical treatment; naming the child and agreeing to any change of name; and looking after the child’s property
This policy is applicable to Tesco colleagues who are parents to children under the age of 18. It’s to be used as a reference to provide an overview of the key facts.
You have parental responsibility for your child from birth.
2. You usually have parental responsibility if you’re either: Parental leave is unpaid time off work of up to 18 weeks’ for each child and adopted child, up to their 18th birthday. Each parent can take up to four 4 weeks’ unpaid parental leave every year for each child e.g. if you have three children, you can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave a year. A ‘week’ is classed as the amount of days you would normally work over 7 days e.g. if you work three days a week, one ‘week’ of parental leave is three days. Unpaid parental leave is designed to help you look after your child for example to
spend more time with them; look at new schools; settle your children into new childcare arrangements; spend more time with family, such as visiting grandparents.
married to the child’s mother; or named on the birth certificate.
You have parental responsibility when an adoption court order is granted.
You have parental responsibility if you were civil partners at the time of the treatment, e.g. donor insemination or fertility treatment.
You have parental responsibility if this is granted by a court order.
4. Give your manager 21 days’ written notice of your intended start date, providing your start and end date.
Yes, if all of the following apply to you:
You’ve been employed by Tesco or an Associated Company for more than a year; You’re named on the child’s birth or adoption certificate or they have or expect to have parental responsibility (see section 3b for definition); You’re not a foster parent; and Your child is under 18.
If you want to take parental leave straight after the birth or adoption of a child, give notice 21 days before the beginning of the due date or placement date. In cases where this isn’t possible, give notice to your manager as soon as possible.
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We can postpone your leave if it would cause serious disruption to the business unless:
it’s being taken by the father or partner immediately after the birth or adoption of a child; or it means you would no longer qualify for parental leave, e.g. postponing it until after the child’s 18th birthday.
Yes, as long as it doesn’t cause a serious disruption to the business then you can use parental leave to extend your time off after holidays, maternity leave, paternity leave, lifestyle break etc.
If your manager postpones your leave they:
will write to you confirming why they can’t agree to your leave, within seven days of your request; and will suggest a new start date which will be within six months of your requested start date (they can’t change the amount of leave being requested).
6. You don’t have to take all of your parental leave at once but you do have to take it as whole weeks (e.g. one week or three weeks) rather than individual days, unless your child is disabled (in which case you take single days off).
The majority of benefits will remain unchanged while you are on parental leave. Please login to OurTesco for information on how your benefits will be affected.
Your career development will not be affected while you’re on parental leave, and we’ll still consider you during any talent or career planning meetings, where appropriate.
Parental leave applies to each child and not to your job. This means that if you’ve used 10 weeks parental leave (for one child) with a previous employer, then you have up to eight weeks left to take with us.
Holidays and Bank holidays continue to be accrued during parental leave and you need to ensure that you have taken all of your entitlement by the end of the holiday year (31st March) as they will not be paid in lieu.
If we are approaching the end of the holiday year, you need to take your holiday before you start any parental leave.
Yes, you will return to the same job you were doing before your leave.
Personal Days should be taken in the normal way.
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20th June 2016
This document shouldn’t be shared with anyone externally without permission from your Director. This policy and any associated documentation remains the property of Tesco and should be returned if requested.
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