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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2019 statutory pay rates revealed

The Government has published the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay...

Two thirds of dads take six months’ shared parental leave at Aviva

Enhancing shared parental pay to the same level as maternity pay has been shown to help lead to a dramatically...

Proposed requirement to publish family-friendly policies: implications for employers

The government is exploring the possibility of a new law requiring employers with more than 250 employees to publish details...

Ten employers publish parental leave and pay policies

Ten major employers have agreed to publish their parental leave and pay policies online.

Parental leave and pay
Maternity and...

UK’s most family-friendly workplaces revealed

The charity Working Families has published a list of the UK’s most family-friendly workplaces.
The top ten employers include banks,...

Shared parental leave: removing financial barriers could encourage uptake

UCL research suggests that shared parental leave is failing, with financial implications and strict eligibility creating barriers...

Paternity leave uptake falls for first time in five years

The number of new fathers taking paternity leave fell for the first time in five years last year, while almost...

Supporting LGBT staff: Family-friendly leave for same-sex couples

When LGBT workers look to start a family, there are numerous rights and entitlements employers must be aware of. Hollie...

Employment regs: what happened to the ones that got away?

Keeping on top of employment law developments can feel like a full-time job for HR professionals, but that’s just the...

A quarter of new fathers unable to claim statutory paternity pay

One in four (23%) men who became a father last year were not eligible to receive statutory paternity pay.
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Employers urged to publicise shared parental leave policies

Organisations with 250 staff or more are being urged to publish their shared parental leave policies on their websites to...

So… can employers enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay?

Recent tribunal decisions have provided some guidance on the legalities of offering enhanced maternity but not enhanced shared parental pay....

Jeremy Hunt vows to close NHS doctors gender pay gap

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched a review into how NHS doctors are paid in a bid to close the...

Male employee on shared parental pay not directly discriminated against, rules EAT

It is not direct sex discrimination to offer men on shared parental leave statutory pay while at the same time...

Financial concerns put fathers off shared parental leave

Financial barriers are preventing new fathers from taking shared parental leave, with half of prospective fathers admitting that they are...

Father refused enhanced shared parental pay was not discriminated against, says EAT

It is not discriminatory to refuse a new father enhanced pay while on shared parental leave where women are given...

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