Proposals for new employment rights: Supporting parents of babies requiring neonatal care

Closed 11 Oct 2019

Opened 19 Jul 2019


The Government wants to consider the option of providing Neonatal Leave and Pay. This would be an entitlement to be absent from work to care for the baby, so that, as far as possible, parents have additional time at home with their child to compensate for the time their child was in hospital after birth.

This consultation covers:

  • Eligibility for Neonatal Leave and Pay
  • The length of Leave and Pay and how it can be taken
  • The notice required for Neonatal Leave and Pay
  • The evidence required for Neonatal Leave and Pay

The consultation document can be found below.




  • SMEs (small and medium businesses)
  • Large businesses (over 250 staff)
  • Multinational businesses
  • Business journalists
  • Trade bodies
  • Legal representative
  • Medium business (50 to 250 staff)
  • Micro business (up to 9 staff)
  • Small business (10 to 49 staff)
  • Trade union or staff association
  • Employment lawyers
  • Employment advisers
  • Businesses
  • Individual employees
  • HR professionals
  • HR organisations
  • Parents
  • General public
  • Charities
  • Local government
  • Charity or social enterprise
  • Central government
  • Individual
  • Non-departmental public bodies
  • The Devolved Administrations
  • Charities and Third Sector organisations
  • Non-Government Organisations
  • Civil Society Organisations


  • Workplace rights
  • Shared parental leave
  • Flexible working