20 October 2023

Neonatal care leave

Banner with graphic of a checklist, arrows and speech bubbles with text Colleague update

New legislation is on the way to introduce statutory paid leave for parents of babies in neonatal care. Neonatal care is the type of care a baby born premature or sick receives in a neonatal unit.

Glasgow Life has approved a recommendation to provide paid leave to support parents of babies who need neonatal care now, ahead of the legislation, which isn't expected until April 2025.

To help families cope at such a challenging time, parents will be able to take much needed paid leave, up to 16 weeks, depending on individual circumstances. This new leave will be in addition to maternity, adoption, paternity, shared parental, and parental bereavement leave and pay provisions (inclusive of early pregnancy loss).

This new type of leave will be included in Glasgow Life's conditions of service and guidance will be provided to managers.

Glasgow Life offers many leave options and flexible working arrangements which all colleagues can consider and discuss suitability with their line manager. You can read the full policy on the Colleague Information pages of our website.

Free and confidential wellbeing support

PAM Assist is a free and confidential life management and personal support service that is available to you 24 hours a day, any day of the year. To use this service, call 0800 247 1100 or visit the PAM Assist Portal or app at pam-assist.co.uk, sign up with organisation code GCC.