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Clegg pledges flexible parental leave

Clegg pledges flexible parental leave
A "flexible" system of parental leave meaning parents could take time off together and have a legal right to request flexible working hours was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister today.

Under the plans, set to be introduced in 2015, new mothers would be able to return to work two weeks after their child is born and share the rest of their maternity leave with their partner.

Mr Clegg told the Daybreak programme the Government wantst to "give mums and dads more choice."

"It’s not for us in Government to tell you or anybody how to divide up your time between mums and dads when people have children," he said.

Mr Clegg added that the reforms will "allow mums and dads to take time at the same time for a period of weeks so they can both be at home with a young baby."

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