Shared Parental Leave - our flow charts will help you navigate the changes

The introduction of Shared Parental Leave marks a sea change in the UK’s approach to family friendly rights, balancing both the rights of fathers to be more heavily involved in the first year with their new offspring, and the corresponding right of mothers to be able to return to their careers whilst still ensuring that the child benefits from parental care.

However, as is inevitable with such a wide-ranging piece of legislation, implementing the changes introduced by the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 is not without its difficulties. In particular, the procedure to be followed, and the information to be provided, is both complex and precise. It is imperative that organisations and parents get it right first time, to ensure that the process runs smoothly for both parties.

With this in mind, DWF has produced some useful and easy to understand flow charts, to help you navigate the changes with confidence and without having to get bogged down in the technicalities of the regulations themselves.

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This information is intended as a general discussion surrounding the topics covered and is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. DWF is not responsible for any activity undertaken based on this information.


Employment law moves at a fast pace. Keeping up to date with changes and developments is a challenge for every HR professional, helps you keep ahead of the game, plan for change and provides tools for solving those workplace dilemmas.


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.