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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UK’s most family-friendly workplaces revealed

12 Sep 2018

The charity Working Families has published a list of the UK’s most family-friendly workplaces.
The top ten employers include banks,...

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Shared parental leave: removing financial barriers could encourage uptake

9 Aug 2018

UCL research suggests that shared parental leave is failing, with financial implications and strict eligibility creating barriers...

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Paternity leave uptake falls for first time in five years

7 Aug 2018

The number of new fathers taking paternity leave fell for the first time in five years last year, while almost...

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Supporting LGBT staff: Family-friendly leave for same-sex couples

26 Jul 2018

When LGBT workers look to start a family, there are numerous rights and entitlements employers must be aware of. Hollie...

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Employment regs: what happened to the ones that got away?

20 Jun 2018

Keeping on top of employment law developments can feel like a full-time job for HR professionals, but that’s just the...

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A quarter of new fathers unable to claim statutory paternity pay

15 Jun 2018

One in four (23%) men who became a father last year were not eligible to receive statutory paternity pay.
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Employers urged to publicise shared parental leave policies

7 Jun 2018

Organisations with 250 staff or more are being urged to publish their shared parental leave policies on their websites to...

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So… can employers enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay?

6 Jun 2018

Recent tribunal decisions have provided some guidance on the legalities of offering enhanced maternity but not enhanced shared parental pay....

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Jeremy Hunt vows to close NHS doctors gender pay gap

29 May 2018

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched a review into how NHS doctors are paid in a bid to close the...

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Male employee on shared parental pay not directly discriminated against, rules EAT

1 May 2018

It is not direct sex discrimination to offer men on shared parental leave statutory pay while at the same time...

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Financial concerns put fathers off shared parental leave

13 Apr 2018

Financial barriers are preventing new fathers from taking shared parental leave, with half of prospective fathers admitting that they are...

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Father refused enhanced shared parental pay was not discriminated against, says EAT

11 Apr 2018

It is not discriminatory to refuse a new father enhanced pay while on shared parental leave where women are given...

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The top 10 questions March 2018: Holiday entitlement and GDPR requirements

4 Apr 2018

The Easter bank holidays inevitably raise questions for employers about employees’ entitlement to time off, pay or pay in lieu....

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Working fathers failed by Government policy

20 Mar 2018

Policies designed to help fathers in the workplace need reforming if Government is to meet the needs of 21st century...

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