It is understood that the Government will announce in the forth coming budget, an outline of plans for Neonatal pay and leave.

It is envisaged that new mothers and fathers could be able to claim statutory paid leave for every week their child is in neonatal care, up to a maximum of 12 weeks.

This would be a move away from the current legal position, that maternity and paternity leave is deemed to start the day after birth, even if a baby is born a number of week's prematurely.

As with my recent publication on 'Jack's Law' which focused on the changes to Parental Bereavement Leave on the back of campaigning by Lucy Herd in memory of the loss of her son Jack, this latest challenge to the current law has been brought about from the campaigning of Catriona Ogilvy, who unfortunately had to spend time in a neonatal award after her son was born 10 weeks early.

I will keep my eye on these changes, but in the meantime if you need assistance in reviewing your current family friendly policies please do not hesitate to get in touch.