Can my employer make me produce evidence of being a parent in order to take parental leave?

An employer can ask to see evidence about your responsibility for a child. You might need to produce a birth certificate, adoption papers, other papers about legal proceedings regarding the child, or evidence of a Disability Living Allowance award.

If you are unhappy about your employer’s demands about producing evidence, consult your union rep or a specialist adviser.

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