Starting April 2015, parents will have a flexible choice over how they split their 52 week parental leave. This week Clegg is expected to reveal that all civil service employees will also be entitled to full parental pay when the Additional Parental Leave comes into effect. He hopes that new pay arrangements will allow more fathers to take time off to take care of their children. “For me, it’s critical that people who choose to work in the public sector know that they’re working in modern, progressive workplaces,” he will say. “That is why I think it’s also important we do more to support public sector workers balancing their home and work lives. “To help get that revolution started in the public sector, working with the Cabinet Office, I’ve been pushing hard for radical reforms to the way in which the Civil Service pays and supports its staff after their children are born.” These changes will “blaze a trail for other public and private sector organisations to follow – making this option the norm for more working families and increasing the opportunities available to both sexes to earn and care across our society.”
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