Shared parental leave (SPL) was brought into this world kicking and screaming on 5 April 2015. Aimed at providing greater choice and flexibility in caring for children during the first 12 months after birth, parents are entitled to split a total of 52 weeks’ leave, receiving some payment for 39 of those weeks.
Madeleine is a Partner and Head of the Employment team at law firm Seddons. She acts predominantly for employers and has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of employment law, including complex strategic issues involving TUPE, outsourcings, information and consultation on both national and cross jurisdictional restructures and transfers. She is regularly invited to attend client board meetings for her strategic input. One of her many areas of expertise is in industrial relations disputes, particularly in the construction industry where she advises on a whole range of issues including strike ballots, official and unofficial industrial action, picketing and injunctive remedies. She also provides training to directors and executives on the employment law issues that apply to every day working practices with a view to minimising the company’s exposure to risk of claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, equal pay, whistleblowing and breach of family friendly legislation. Madeleine is an accredited Workplace Mediator and helps clients to resolve workplace disputes before they escalate into employment tribunal claims. Her clients span a wide range of sectors including construction, manufacturing, retail, insurance, travel, education and professional services.