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Grandparents to be included in shared parental leave
At the beginning of this month (October 2015) George Osborne announced plans to include grandparents in a new legal right to take time off to help care for their grandchildren.
It is the aim of the government to bring this in by 2018 and they will be consulting on the details during the first half of 2016.
The plan will involve extending the current system of shared parental leave to cover grandparents, as well as the child’s mother and father.
It is important to note that it is the intention that the new law will only effect working grandparents (non-working grandparents aren't likely to meet the eligibility criteria).
The total of 50 weeks of leave will not be extended but will allow the ability to share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of parental leave pay with a nominated working grandparent.
For more see here