5 April 2015: Are you ready for shared parental leave?

Parents with babies born on or after 5 April 2015 are able to share leave once their baby is born. Visit our shared parental leave hub for all the latest blogs and articles on this new right.

New laws on shared parental leave come into force in 2015 – and they’ll mean big changes for families and for businesses. In simple terms, the legislation gives mothers the right to transfer leave they’re due after the birth of their child, to their partner.

While this right to take shared parental leave can be taken up by parents with children due on or after 5th April 2015, many employers are starting to feel the impact now. Employees who could be eligible are already pregnant. They want to know what it all means to them, whether they’re eligible and how they can go about arranging shared leave.

What’s more, fathers have a right to take time off for antenatal appointments from October 2014. How are you approaching this? Have you put in place a policy and processes to manage it?

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Andrew Chamberlain

Partner - Head of Employment & Chair of the SDE

I am a Partner, the National Head of the Employment Team and the Chair of the Service Delivery Executive (SDE), which is focused on building better solutions for clients.