Shared parental leave: preparing for the new right (webinar)

Shared parental leave will be available for parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015
Shared parental leave will be available for parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015

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Shared parental leave and pay will be available to eligible parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills estimates that there are around 285,000 working couples that will be eligible for shared parental leave from April 2015. Is your organisation ready for the influx of requests?

Shared parental leave aims to give parents more flexibility over how they share childcare during the first year of their child’s life. They will be able to take it in turns to have periods of leave to care for the child, and/or take leave at the same time as each other.

Shared parental leave: preparing for the new right

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The leave does not have to be taken in one continuous block; employees can return to work and then take a further period of shared parental leave. Employees must give carefully timed notices and declarations to be entitled to the new right.

In this live webinar, Ed Bowyer, employment law expert and partner in the London office of Hogan Lovells, recaps on the shared parental leave basics. He also highlights five key issues that employers need to get to grips with:

  • How do the eligibility requirements work?
  • How and when do employees have to give notice of their intention to take shared parental leave?
  • Can employers reject requests for discontinuous periods of leave?
  • What procedures should employers follow?
  • Enhanced pay and sex discrimination – what can employers learn from Shuter v Ford Motor Company?

This 60-minute webinar, in association with XpertHR, includes a live Q&A session, allowing you the chance to ask Ed Bowyer questions.

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Ed Bowyer is a partner in the Hogan Lovells employment team.  He advises a broad range of corporate clients on all aspects of the employment relationship: from recruitment to termination and post-termination issues. Ed has particular expertise in advising on executive terminations and high-value employment tribunal and High Court litigation. He also has extensive experience advising on complex and large scale outsourcing transactions. Ed is a regular speaker at employment law seminars and runs client training workshops.

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