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.


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April 2017: nine key employment law changes

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

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The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry into how employers can better support fathers in the workplace.
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Shared parental leave take-up woefully low, CIPD reveals

16 Dec 2016

Just 5% of new fathers and 8% of new mothers have opted to take shared parental leave since it was...

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Singapore employment law: what changes are coming in 2017?

5 Dec 2016

To attract overseas business investment, Singapore has concluded an international network of trade agreements. Changes to Singapore employment law in...

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Regardless of Brexit, Europe's GDPR is on UK employers' minds

Top 10 HR questions November 2016: New EU data protection rules – GDPR

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FAQs on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the apprenticeship levy dominate the top 10 HR questions for...

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“Pawternity” leave? Time off work for pets and other leave of the future

1 Dec 2016

Around half of UK households own a pet, according to the RSPCA. So why is there not a specific legal...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2016

30 Nov 2016

What were the most significant employment case law decisions in 2016? Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most important judgments...

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Statutory maternity pay and sick pay: 2017/18 rates announced

28 Nov 2016

The Government has published the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay...

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Employers should be aware that indirect sex discrimination claims have brought by men whose flexible working requests were rejected.

The rise of flexible working

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With flexible working requests set to increase, including from men, how should employers respond? Jane Wheeler, partner at Hine Legal,...

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Top 10 HR questions October 2016: Enhanced shared parental pay

2 Nov 2016

The first employment tribunal case to deal with enhanced shared parental pay and the potential for sex discrimination – Snell...

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Shared parental pay: Father wins sex discrimination case against Network Rail

6 Oct 2016

Employers who pay mothers different rates of shared parental pay to fathers run the risk of sex discrimination claims, following...

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Maternity, paternity and shared (grand)parental leave webinar

2 Sep 2016

ON DEMAND |What do employers need to consider when an employee or an employee's partner has a baby? Parental rights in recent years have been broadened to include the mother’s ...

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Will shared grandparental leave help or hinder employers?

25 Jul 2016

The Government plans a consultation on a new right to shared grandparental leave to support employees with childcare responsibilities. Caroline...

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