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29 January 2000

Parental and Dependency Leave - a negotiators' guide to workers' rights
The Labour Research Department is today publishing a trade unionists' guide to the important new rights to "family-friendly" leave which employees have gained under the Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999.

Among their various provisions, the regulations give employees new rights to take parental leave to care for a child in its early years and to take time off work to deal with an emergency involving a dependant. These represent a significant gain for workers. Trade union negotiators will need to be fully briefed on the regulations and how they can be negotiated around in the workplace.

LRD's guide explains what the regulations have to say on parental and dependency leave and demonstrates how, in some areas, they fall short of the rights envisaged under the European Parental Leave Directive which they are meant to implement. In addition, it compares the rights available under UK law with the position in the other states of the European Union.

The booklet draws out the key negotiating issues for trade unionists, highlighting in particular those areas where trade unionists can bargain for improvements on the basic provisions set out in the regulations. The booklet provides examples of best practice already negotiated at workplace level in the area of parental and other types of family-friendly leave.

Notes to editors

Parental and Dependency Leave - a negotiators' guide to workers' rights is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?3.15 or ?10 for commercial organisations.
LRD Booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?26.95 (?68.95 for for employers/commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets a year.
The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded over 80 years ago. More than 2,000 trade union organisations, including 54 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership are affiliated.
For press enquiries on the booklet contact Stephanie Peck on 020 7902 9824. For general enquiries contact Celia Dignan, LRD booklets editor, on 020 7902 9813.

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