Shared parental leave

In April 2015, shared parental leave and pay was made available to parents, allowing 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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employment law july 2019

Want to help working mothers? Focus on paternity

21 Oct 2020

What stereotypes need to be broken down before working mothers can achieve a level playing field?

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Covid-19: One in five parents treated unfairly at work

16 Oct 2020

Approximately 2.6 million parents feel they have been treated less fairly at work because of their childcare responsibilities since the...

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Personnel Today Awards 2020: Family Friendly Employer shortlist

5 Oct 2020

As we prepare to celebrate the Personnel Today Awards in November, it’s time to showcase those organisations that made the...

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Ten years of the Equality Act 2010: key cases for employers

1 Oct 2020

Ten years ago, the Equality Act 2010 consolidated discrimination laws into a single piece of legislation. We highlight 10 key...

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Calls to extend parental leave during Covid-19 rejected

9 Sep 2020

Calls to extend parental leave and pay for families because of the Covid-19 pandemic have been rejected by the government,...

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Take-up of shared parental leave still ‘exceptionally low’

7 Sep 2020

Although the use of shared parental leave increased by 23 percentage points last year only 13,100 couples applied to use the scheme.

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Top UK employers urged to disclose parental leave and pay

6 Jul 2020

Employers warned they could lose out on the best talent if they do not include transparency over family friendly working arrangements.

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Furlough: parental pay to be calculated on usual earnings

27 Apr 2020

Furloughed workers taking parental or adoption leave will receive parental or adoption pay based on their usual earnings, not the...

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Four in 10 dads can’t afford shared parental leave

22 Apr 2020

Five years after its introduction, the number of fathers claiming shared parental leave has increased by over two thirds since...

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April 2020 employment law changes: eight tasks for HR

6 Apr 2020

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

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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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