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