Shared parental leave

Shared parental leave and pay is available to parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015 and allows eligible women to curtail their right to maternity leave to enable their partner to take shared parental leave. Eligible parents can share 50 weeks' leave and 37 weeks' pay. Similar rules will apply for adoptive parents.

This pages list all content on shared parental leave in date order. Our employer's guide to shared parental leave features selected content to help employers manage the regulations and help make key decisions around enhancing pay and dealing with requests for discontinuous leave.


Gender pay gaps and parental leave

Pay gaps need to tackle ethnicity and disability as well as gender, urges EHRC

All jobs should be advertised as available for flexible working and fathers should receive ‘use it or lose it’ parental...

The question of whether to enhance shared parental pay for fathers has featured in case law this year

Six important employment law cases in 2017

28 Jul 2017

The decision by the Supreme Court that the employment tribunal fees system is unlawful may be one of the most...

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Top 10 HR questions June 2017: Maximum workplace temperature

4 Jul 2017

With a temperature of 34.5°C recorded at Heathrow, 21 June 2017 was Britain’s hottest June day for 40 years.
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Family-friendly rights: a whistle-stop tour

23 Jun 2017

Shared parental leave has been in the press again of late, with a new father winning a sex discrimination claim...

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Enhancing family-friendly pay: pros and cons for employers

16 Jun 2017

Whether or not to enhance pay during maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave is a perennial dilemma for employers....

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Shared parental pay: Is refusal to match enhanced maternity pay sex discrimination?

13 Jun 2017

Darren Newman asks if an employment tribunal was correct to hold that it was...

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Election 2017: where do the parties stand on employment issues?

7 Jun 2017

As campaigning draws to a close, we run down the policies that would most influence the employment landscape

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Shared parental pay: father wins sex discrimination case

6 Jun 2017

A father whose wife was advised to return to work to combat post-natal depression has won a sex discrimination claim...

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Are fathers’ rights at work working?

1 Jun 2017

Despite the introduction of shared parental leave, employers have been slow to enhance fathers’ rights at work. John Smith, a...

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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

18 May 2017

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: guarantees for EU workers and stricter corporate governance

17 May 2017

The Liberal Democrat Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality...

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April 2017: nine key employment law changes

10 Apr 2017

Are you up to date with all this month's employment law changes? We round the nine most important legislative...

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Half of fathers would use shared parental leave

5 Apr 2017

More than half of fathers would use shared parental leave, according to a poll by charity Working Families, published two...

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Government failing to act on gender pay gap recommendations

21 Feb 2017

The Government will fail to achieve its goal of eliminating the gender pay gap within a generation unless it tackles...

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Inquiry into “fatherhood penalty” launched by Government

16 Jan 2017

The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry into how employers can better support fathers in the workplace.
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