Regulations made by the Department for Employment and Learning and laid before the Assembly under Article 251(1A) of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 for approval of the Assembly before the expiration of six months from the date of their coming into operation
Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
Work And Families
6th February 2013
Coming into operation
8th March 2013
The Department for Employment and Learning makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 108(1), (2) and (5) of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(1).
1. These Regulations may be cited as the Parental Leave (EU Directive) (Maternity and Parental Leave) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 and come into operation on 8th March 2013.
2.-(1) The Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999(2) are amended as follows.
(2) In regulation 14 (extent of entitlement)-
(a)for paragraph (1) substitute-
"(1) An employee is entitled to eighteen weeks' leave in respect of any individual child.";
(b)omit paragraph (1A).
Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Employment and Learning on 6th February 2013.
Dr Stephen Farry
Minister for Employment and Learning
(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations implement Council Directive 2010/18/EU on the revised framework agreement on parental leave. They amend provisions relating to parental leave in the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 ("1999 Regulations").
Regulation 2 makes amendments to the 1999 Regulations. It amends regulation 14 of the 1999 Regulations to increase a qualifying employee's entitlement to parental leave in respect of an individual child from 13 weeks to 18 weeks.
A transposition note and an impact assessment of the effect that this Statutory Rule will have on the costs to business and the voluntary sector are attached to the Explanatory Memorandum which is available alongside the Statutory Rule on www.legislation.gov.uk.