A new Children and Families bill will provide greater flexibility for parents, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities when a baby is born.
Existing rules allow mothers to take 12 months maternity leave, of which nine months is paid. Fathers can take two weeks paid paternity leave.
The new bill will offer the same amount of leave, with 18 weeks allocated to the Mother and then the rest to be shared how the parents want. Jobs will be protected whilst the parent is on leave so Employers will have to keep them open.
Some businesses have complained about the bureaucracy this proposal might entail. And some may curtail their maternity pay benefits if they feel they incur more costs.
One interesting result of this bill might be that employers my well be as interested in whether Men are likely to be parents soon or again as women.