MH Employment

Friday 24th October, 2014

Shared Parental Leave

The Government is introducing a new concept of statutory shared parental leave and pay into the existing statutory maternity and paternity leave and pay regime. It is intended to inject more flexibility into how parents choose to structure initial childcare arrangements and to assist in shifting any entrenched view of the mother as the primary carer.

The new right will be introduced on 1 December 2014 and will apply to children expected to be born or adopted on or after 5 April 2015.

Currently eligible mothers are entitled to 52 weeks’ statutory maternity leave, of which 39 weeks are paid. Eligible fathers can take up to 2 weeks’ paid statutory paternity leave. There is also a right for fathers to take additional statutory paternity leave in certain circumstances but this right will be replaced by the shared parental leave right.