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Consultation Family Leave 29 July 2006

The DTI is consulting on the detail of the new rights for leave for working parents which will be introduced by the Employment Bill 2005.

DTI Minister, Alex Downie, MLC, commented :

“These new rights were drawn up after extensive consultation, and will provide support to those employees who wish to combine working and bringing up children or caring for dependants. It’s an important step forward for the Isle of Man, and one where we have considered carefully the delicate balance between the need to protect employees without placing an undue burden on employers.

The introduction of these rights was supported by the House of Keys and Legislative Council, during the passage of the Bill, and the Department intends to do all it can to support their smooth implementation.”

The Department is inviting comment on the following:

  • Maternity Leave Regulations – these will provide a right to 26 weeks’ unpaid leave for all pregnant employees, up to a maximum of 52 weeks’ leave for some qualifying employees.
  • Paternity Leave Regulations – these will provide fathers with the right to take up to two weeks unpaid leave after the birth of the baby.
  • Adoption Leave Regulations – these will provide corresponding rights for parents who adopt.
  • Parental Leave Regulations – these will provide support to parents of disabled children by allowing a parent to take up to 18 weeks’ unpaid leave up to the child’s 18th birthday.
  • Flexible Working Regulations – these will allow parents and defined carers are allowed to request to work flexible hours in order to care for a dependant.

Copies of the Regulations and explanatory guides can be downloaded from the Consultation site of the Employment Rights section of the DTI website at the following page:

Consultees are requested to submit any views to the Department by the 8th September 2006.

For further details contact:

Mr Alex Downie, Trade & Industry Minister, phone 682394, e mail

Ms Sue Strang, Equality Adviser, tel 682372, e mail

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