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Are you ready for shared parental leave?

As of 1st December 2014 shared parental leave legislation will take effect. This means that for any babies due/ children adopted after April 5th 2015 mothers can share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay with their partner.

One aspect of this new legislation which may provide businesses with some problems is that employees can each take up to three separate blocks of leave returning to work in between each block if they wish. This is a big difference from the current maternity and paternity leave rules where time off must be taken in one continuous period. Blocks of shared parental leave can be anything from one to 50 weeks long.
From 1st December 2014 partners will be allowed unpaid time off to attend two ante-natal appointments. Employees will also be protected against suffering a detriment if they request or take shared parental leave (or if their employer thinks they may do so).

We have found these useful documents to provide you some guidance of how this will affect your business: