Shared Parental Leave

A Guide to Shared Parental Leave

A Guide to Shared Parental Leave

Although overshadowed by other stories in the media when they were first introduced on 1 December 2014, the Shared Parental Leave and Statutory Shared Parental Pay regulations have brought about one of the biggest changes to employment law in years. Shared Parental Leave has the potential to affect every employer at some point, but research shows uptake amongst fathers has been low. The principals of SPL are simple, but for both employers and employees, the details can be rather more complicated. Our guide will help clarify the process for employees and employers: 1. What is Shared Parental Leave? 2. Who qualifies for Shared Parental Leave? 3. Statutory Shared Parental Pay 4. Applying for Statutory Parental Leave (employees) 5. Preparing for Shared Parental Leave (employers) 6. Processing ... »

Over Half of Small Businesses Support Shared Parental Leave

Over Half of Small Businesses Support Shared Parental Leave

Over half (53%) of small and medium-sized business owners consider shared parental leave to be a good thing for their business, according to the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer (CBBB). Of the small firms that support shared maternity leave, 46% believe that it will promote staff loyalty and 31% affirm that the added flexibility is essential to allowing staff to have a work/life balance. However concerns remain among some small business owners, with 27% admitting that they think shared maternity leave will have a negative effect on their business and cause issues – 49% worry it will damage their continuity plans. Furthermore, nearly a fifth (17%) of the 700 small businesses surveyed said they were unaware of their employees’ rights in regards to shared paternal leave. Since A... »