Shared parental leave: what impact has it had?

Women have been able to share parental leave with their partners since April 2015. Photo: WestEnd61/REX/Shutterstock
Women have been able to share parental leave with their partners since April 2015. Photo: WestEnd61/REX/Shutterstock

What impact has shared parental leave had on your organisation over the past year? XpertHR is conducting a survey of employers’ shared parental leave and pay arrangements and invites you take part.

Under the shared parental leave regulations, working couples with babies due on or after 5 April 2015 can share leave and pay provided each parent qualifies for leave and pay in their own right. Similar arrangements apply for adoptive parents.

Chancellor George Osborne announced in the Budget on 16 March 2016 that the Government will launch its first consultation on extending shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents in May 2016. The resulting policy is expected to be implemented by 2018.

Shared parental leave: employers concerned about complexity

Previous XpertHR research found that, at the time of the introduction of shared parental leave, employers supported the new right in principle, but were concerned that it could prove complex and expensive to administer.

XpertHR’s survey on the impact of shared parental leave one year on focuses on employers’ shared parental leave arrangements and whether they decided to enhance shared parental pay beyond the statutory minimum. It also looks at the actual number of shared parental leave requests received over the year to 5 April 2016 and views on extending shared parental leave to working grandparents.

Take part in this confidential XpertHR survey and receive:

  • a complimentary copy of our findings once we have completed our analysis; and
  • a free copy of XpertHR’s 2016 HR roles and responsibilities report, emailed to you on completion of the survey.

In addition, respondents whose data can be used in XpertHR survey analyses will be entered into a draw for the chance to win one of four £250 prizes. The closing date for the prize draw is 30 June 2016. The draw will take place w/c 18 July 2016 and the winners will be notified by email.

Take part in this confidential XpertHR survey

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