Shared parental leave – an employer’s guide

Shared parental leave - an employer's guideShared parental leave and pay is available to parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015.

It allows women to curtail their maternity leave to enable their partner to take shared parental leave (SPL).

Parents can share 50 weeks’ leave and 37 weeks’ pay, with similar rules for adoptive parents. Here we present in-depth guidance on SPL for employers.


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Theresa May considers 12 weeks’ paid paternity policy

Theresa May could offer fathers 12 weeks’ paid paternity leave as one of her ’legacy’ policies before she leaves office as Prime Minister.

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One in four dads miss out on paid paternity leave

Almost a quarter (23%) of new fathers did not qualify for statutory paid paternity leave last year, either because they...

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JPMorgan Chase settles US paternity leave case for $5m

JPMorgan Chase will pay $5m to settle a discrimination claim filed by a male employee in the US

Employers can enhance maternity pay and not shared parental pay

The Court of Appeal has ruled that employers can enhance maternity pay, while only offering statutory shared parental pay for fathers.

MP seeks to rescue new mums’ redundancy protection plans

The government is accused of dragging its feet over protections for new mothers as a private member's bill is introduced in the House of Commons...

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

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

Appeal court hears parental pay discrimination claims

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

Champion flexible working to improve parents’ work-life balance

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

Employers should publish new mum retention rates, MPs urge

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

Shared parental leave and pay – equalising opportunities?

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

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

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

Shared parental leave should be ‘overhauled’

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

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

Top employers’ support for working parents is “invisible”

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

‘Business lacks transparency over parental support’

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. 

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

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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