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.


Parental leave to increase from 13 to 18 weeks on Friday

4 Mar 2013

Parents will be entitled to 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave per child from 8 March 2013, an increase from the...

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Businesses and parents consulted on shared parental leave

25 Feb 2013

Employers and working families have been asked for their input on the detail of how the new system for shared...

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Government Bill includes reforms to shared parental leave and flexible working system

5 Feb 2013

The Government has today published the Children and Families Bill, which includes reforms to the way in which parents can...

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How the flexible parental leave proposals will affect businesses

25 Jan 2013

With the Government’s proposals for easier sharing of parental leave between partners, Occupational Health magazine looks at how businesses might...

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Business groups welcome Clegg’s ‘flexible parental leave’ proposals

13 Nov 2012

Business and employers’ groups have welcomed proposals to overhaul the family-friendly leave system and enable women to share maternity leave...

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Shared parental leave reforms to be delayed

12 Oct 2012

Plans to allow parents to share maternity leave entitlement will be delayed until October 2015 due to fears over the...

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Legal opinion: EU proposals to extend maternity pay

18 Nov 2010

Never mind the recession or the damage to the planet; according to the European Parliament it’s all about the falling...

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Extended parental leave ‘will cause headache for HR’ warns CBI

31 Mar 2009

New proposals for increasing parental leave pay in stages over the next 10 years will cause “an administrative headache” for...

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EOC puts the case for shared parental leave

11 Oct 2005

The Equal Opportunities Commission has called on the government to introduce shared parental leave which would let new parents decide who looks after their children

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