Parental leave is for employees to take time off work to look after a child's welfare, this leave is normally unpaid, and is available for each child up to their 18th birthday. There is also a new benefit introduced in 2015 called shared Parental Leave and the two should not be confused.
For more details please follow this Parental Leave link.
Pregnant employees have the right to 52 weeks maternity leave. Of these 52 weeks 39 weeks could be paid which may be statutory maternity pay, maternity allowance or contractual maternity pay (contractual pay may be more than statutory pay or could be paid for longer than 39 week - this will depend on the terms of employment).
During maternity leave employee and employer can agree to have up to 10 keep in touch days. You are allowed paid reasonable time off for antenatal care and an employee has the right to return to original job or suitable alternative.
For more specific and detailed information on Maternity Leave, please click this Maternity Leave link. (http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1753)
Employees may be entitled to Paternity Leave and Pay if their partner is having a baby, adopting a child or having a baby through a surrogacy arrangement. Fathers, partners and civil partners of a pregnant woman are entitled to unpaid time off during working hours to accompany her to 2 ante-natal appointments. Employees should say when the baby is due, if they're going to take one or two weeks off, and when they expect their paternity leave to start. Those who are eligible can choose to take either one week or two consecutive weeks' paid paternity leave (not odd days).
For more specific and detailed information on Paternity Leave, please click this Paternity Leave link. (http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1806)