Are you getting ready for Shared Parental Leave?

On 1 December 2014, a new shared parental leave (SPL) regime came into force which allows parents whose baby is due or adoption placement will take place on or after 5 April 2015, to share a maximum of 50 weeks of leave. This can be taken at any time after the two week compulsory maternity leave period. Whilst this legislation denotes a significant movement towards greater flexibility and an equalised system of family friendly employment rights, the rules governing this regime are particularly complex.

Key points to note are:
It is difficult to predict the future popularity of this new right, but the Government are predicting fewer than 8% take up.  This is a complex change in law which will require a change in mind-set, employers would therefore be wise to consider putting in place a policy to deal with SPL and produce guidance for managers on how to handle potential SPL requests.