Shared parental leave – are you ready?

Shared parental leave is nearly upon us and we lawyers are still breaking out into a cold sweat at the mere thought of this, arguably the most complicated piece of employment legislation ever to be passed!

In a nutshell, parents whose babies are due to be born on or after 5 April 2015 can elect to opt in to shared parental leave and have up to a year off between them.

Their leave can run separately or concurrently, so, for example, each parent could have the first six months off after the birth together, or they could each take separate blocks of leave that add up to one year.

The devil as always is in the detail and the detail in this case is in the notification procedures that need to be given to their respective employers.

Explaining this in a blog would be far too lengthy and detailed. Whilst we don’t yet know what the uptake will be, some employers are waiting to see whether they get requests before putting policies into place. If you would like further information please contact me at

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