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.


What can be learned from Denmark’s parental leave and childcare policies?

20 May 2019

Denmark has some of the most generous parental leave and childcare support schemes in the world. But have these had...

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Appeal court hears parental pay discrimination claims

9 May 2019

The Court of Appeal has heard two cases that consider whether it is discriminatory for employers to enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay

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Champion flexible working to improve parents’ work-life balance

3 May 2019

Support for flexible working should be visible from leadership level to help create “human-sized” jobs that enable a greater work-life...

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Employers should publish new mum retention rates, MPs urge

1 May 2019

Large organisations should be forced to publish retention rates for new mothers returning to the workplace in order to tackle...

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Shared parental leave and pay – equalising opportunities?

16 Apr 2019

With reports citing that only 1% of those eligible took a period of shared parental leave in 2018 it is...

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Why it’s time to compel all employers to publish parental policies

5 Apr 2019

Recent research claimed that top employers’ parental policies are “invisible”, and a number have now publicly committed to publishing their...

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Shared parental leave should be ‘overhauled’

5 Apr 2019

Shared parental leave is unaffordable for most working families and should be overhauled, according to the TUC.

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Diageo announces six months’ paid parental leave

3 Apr 2019

Drinks giant Diageo has announced a new policy to offer men and women 52 weeks’ parental leave with the first...

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Top employers’ support for working parents is “invisible”

19 Mar 2019

A number of employers including Asos, IBM, Lidl and Facebook are completely ‘invisible’ when it comes to publicising their support...

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‘Business lacks transparency over parental support’

18 Mar 2019

LinkedIn has claimed to have revealed evidence of a “disconnect” between employers and employees over the issue of flexible work, as most working parents feel their employers are not fully open about their parental policies. 

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Men’s parental leave is key to women’s progression

8 Mar 2019

On International Women’s Day, Lauren Touré looks at how encouraging men to share parental responsibilities can have a profound effect on female career progression.

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Top 10 HR questions January 2019: Holiday pay, overtime and tax on exit payments

1 Feb 2019

How should employers deal with overtime when calculating holiday pay? Does it make a difference if the overtime is voluntary,...

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How has Brexit impacted employment legislation?

1 Feb 2019

The number of business-related laws passed in 2018 fell by 27%, according to research by Thomson Reuters. With civil service...

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Flexible working

Flexible working has plateaued, study finds

14 Jan 2019

The number of people using flexible working arrangements has flatlined since 2010, despite the right to request flexibility being extended...

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Six employment law decisions that will shape 2019

11 Jan 2019

Which employment law decisions will shape 2019? We outline six of the most significant cases in the pipeline – from...

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