Acas has published guidance for employers on how to support parents with premature or sick babies. The recommendations for employers include:
- Ensuring that staff are made aware of their statutory entitlements, including shared parental and paternity leave.
- Handling communications sensitively, ensuring that staff are happy to be contacted and are comfortable with colleagues knowing about their situation.
- Being receptive to flexible working requests, as the baby may need follow up hospital appointments or their partner may need additional support throughout the difficult time.