Employers of parents who have had premature babies should ask them what they would like to tell their work colleagues about their situation, according to new guidelines published by Acas.
The new guidance for employers includes advice on:
Acas Chief Executive, Anne Sharp, said: “There are over 95,000 premature or sick babies born each year in the UK. For their families this is an emotional and difficult time.
“Working parents in these circumstances often find themselves trying to handle the demands of their job, caring for their new-born and looking after other family members.
“Our new advice helps explain the law within this complicated area in a way that will help employers support working parents whilst taking account of the needs of their business.”
*To see Acas’ full advice, please visit: www.acas.org.uk/prematurebabies