Oh I see, thank you very much flowery and coke - I was getting muddled up. I think my manager was going to tell them about my maternity leave - can I ask that he doesn't then as I haven't taken any 'Parental leave'.
I'm starting a new job in a few weeks, and my current boss has just shown me a copy of the reference request form my new employers have sent.
On this form amongst normal stuff about my character competency and skills is a request asking if I have taken any parental leave, and if so how much. Interestingly, there is no question about sick leave which I would have expected.
Is it legal for them to ask about my parental leave? (9 months maternity leave, and 1 day dependents unpaid leave in 2 years employment) I can't imagine any situation where this information would be used without discriminating against me.