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.


April 2020 employment law changes: eight tasks for HR

Each April, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the latest round of amended employment laws and deadlines....

Quarter of women leave for another employer after career break

11 Mar 2020

A quarter of mothers do not return to the same employer after maternity leave because they feel the organisation’s practices...

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Shared parental pay case refused Supreme Court appeal

18 Feb 2020

A highly anticipated case to test whether it is discriminatory for employers to enhance maternity pay while not doing the...

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Prepare for surge in shared parental leave requests, law firm urges

12 Feb 2020

Almost two-fifths of employees who plan to have children in the future expect to take shared parental leave – a...

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Family-friendly rights: what to look out for in 2020 and beyond

10 Jan 2020

Brexit seemed to put the brakes on progress for family-friendly rights last year, but 2020 and beyond could see some...

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Top 10 HR questions December 2019: Sickness absence and unused annual leave

3 Jan 2020

How much control can employers have over the timing of employees’ annual leave?
Employers with holiday years that run from...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2019

11 Dec 2019

We round up the most significant cases of the year including legal judgments on CCTV, restrictive covenants, enhancing shared parental leave, collective bargaining and more...

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Only 15 FTSE 250 firms publicise parental leave policies

19 Nov 2019

Only 15 of the organisations in the FTSE 250 are telling job candidates how much paid leave they could expect...

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What needs to change before we can close the gender pay gap

13 Nov 2019

Headline-grabbing proposals can only take us so far. Cultural shifts and changes in shared leave, maternity and paternity benefits are needed before we can truly get to grips with the gender pay gap.

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Labour promises 12 months of maternity pay

8 Nov 2019

The Labour Party has pledged to increase statutory maternity pay from nine to 12 months as part of a raft...

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Top 10 HR questions October 2019: Right to be accompanied

5 Nov 2019

Should employers give employees the right to be accompanied to meetings under a redundancy procedure?
Such a meeting could ultimately...

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Standard Life Aberdeen offers nine months’ fully paid leave for all new parents

30 Oct 2019

Standard Life Aberdeen will offer nine months’ fully paid leave from January.

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Jersey to offer 52 weeks’ parental leave to all parents

25 Oct 2019

New parents in Jersey will be offered up to 52 weeks’ leave in new legislation that has been described as...

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Employment law changes: 10 proposals in the pipeline for HR

2 Aug 2019

Amid all the political turmoil in July, employers will be forgiven for missing a flurry of proposed new employment laws...

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New parents and expectant mothers to receive more redundancy protections

25 Jul 2019

The legal protections for pregnant women and new mothers are to be extended to six months after they return to...

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