Shared parental leave boost for fathers

  • by Carole Jordan
  • 15 Apr, 2016
Father with baby whilst on shared parental leave

Shared parental leave (SPL) was introduced on 5 April 2015 with a view to giving parents more choice and flexibility in caring for their children during their first 12 months.

Shared Parental Leave: Where are we now?

Parents can split 52 weeks’ leave, receiving some payment for 39 of those weeks. This is in addition to the two weeks statutory paternity leave for fathers.

Almost a third (63%) of male employee respondents with young children are interested in taking shared parental leave (SPL) in the future, according to research by My Family Care and the Women’s Business Council.

The “Shared Parental leave: where are we now?” report, which surveyed 200 employers and 1,000 working parents, also found that 40% of employee respondents feel that shared parental leave is encouraged by their employer.

The major findings of the research unveil an interesting range of reactions to the change:

  • Half (50%) of male employee respondents believe that opting to take shared parental leave would be perceived negatively in the workplace.
  • 87% of male employee respondents would like to take longer leave in order to be more involved in parenting their child.
  • 57% of female employee respondents think that their partner’s career would be negatively affected if they took SPL.
  • More than half of female employee respondents would prefer to take the full period of leave themselves, while 60% of male respondents believe that their partner would prefer to take the full leave themselves.
  • 77% of employer respondents have enhanced maternity pay and almost two-thirds (65%) of employer respondents have enhanced paternity pay.
  • 44% of female respondents want to take a shorter period of leave for career purposes.

Employers need to have processes in place to respond to the greater choice and flexibility parents now have in caring for their children.

For help in understanding your employer obligations call an advisor today on: 01273 882200, Or email us at: info@businessheads.co.uk.

All details above were correct at the time of publishing - for more up to date information please get in touch .

You might also be interested in...

If you enjoyed the blog, why not leave us a comment, or share it with a friend...

Free advice delivered to your inbox

Browse our other blog posts...

Our latest blog

by Carole Jordan 12 Oct, 2017

This is the first in our series of blogs designed to help you better understand your business accounts. We’re kicking things off with the profit & loss report!

by Carole Jordan 09 Oct, 2017

Taking on your first employee can be an exciting time but there are some responsibilities you need to be aware of. One of them is compulsory pensions these are your auto-enrolment responsibilities. Find out what this means below.

by Carole Jordan 02 Oct, 2017

This is the second most popular question from business owners. This sounds like a simple question but the answer is complex and involves many aspects to consider. The answers will depend on the make of the car, the tax position of the owner, their business and the method of ownership.

by Carole Jordan 25 Sep, 2017

Dealing with overseas customers and VAT rules can be a bit complicated for some businesses, particularly those in retail where you may not have proof that goods are leaving the UK.
Read below to find out more about the options available to your business.

by Carole Jordan 18 Sep, 2017

If you receive rental income from a furnished residential letting then you’ll be aware of a “Wear and Tear” allowance, eligible for use against your properties. This allowance recently saw a change to its terms, read below for more details.

More posts
Share by: