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The Work and Families Act 2006 is the first step towards delivery of some of the measures set out in the Government response to the consultation,
Work and Families: Choice and Flexibility, which was published in October 2005. It aims to establish a balanced package of rights and responsibilities for both employers and employees, in line with the Government's better regulation agenda. The Work and Families legislation will:
Extend maternity and adoption pay from six to nine months from April 2007, towards the goal of a year's paid leave by the end of the Parliament
The maternity and adoption leave and pay regulations have been made (see External Links).
Responses to the consultation on draft flexible working regulations are being considered and the Government will respond in due course.