Tags: Parental leave

Hannah Ford: Shared Parental Leave – throwing the baby out with the bath water?

With effect from 5 April 2015, the legal landscape for co-parenting employees will change unrecognisably. By virtue of the shared parental leave regulations, eligible parents will be able to take up to 50 weeks of interchangeable parental leave. The legislative changes will further enfranchise fathers to take primary childcare responsibility, enable parents to take maternity…

Kim Wager (BIS): Shared parental leave and pay

What do parents currently get, and why are we changing it? From April next year, the Coalition Government will deliver on its pledge to encourage shared parenting by introducing a new entitlement to shared parental leave for working parents. The new system will enable an eligible woman to end her maternity leave and pay early…

Catherine Muirden: Becoming a parent

Catherine Muirden, Director of HR, Barclays Retail explains the extensive maternity policies in place at Barclays. Becoming a parent is a life-changing event, at whatever stage in our working lives that it takes place. From preparing ourselves for the new baby, to the challenges to our time, energy and resources which raising a child creates,…

Shared parental leave to ‘help inspire culture change’

Employment Relations Minister, Jo Swinson, has said that the introduction of shared parental leave will help UK organisations embrace a change in working culture. Ms Swinson said that many working practices and job structures had not changed since the 1950s and were based on “stereotypes stuck in the past”. Speaking at an ACAS and the…

Businesses and families invited to shape process for shared parental leave

Businesses and working families are invited to submit their views on how the system for shared parental leave and pay will work, Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson announced yesterday. The consultation will look at how the new system will work and fit together with current arrangements for maternity and paternity leave and adopters, as part…

Richard Nicolle: Clegg’s “radical reforms” to flexible working and shared parental leave

The Government has revealed plans to give all employees the right to request flexible working. As it stands, only parents and carers may make a flexible working request. This is set to be extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ service. In addition, the Government has released proposals for shared parental leave aimed at promoting…

Changes to parental leave delayed by one year

It has been confirmed that the Government will delay the extension of unpaid parental leave by one year, reports Greenwoods Solicitors. Under the Parental Leave Directive (‘the Directive’), Member States have until 5 March 2012 to extend the right for parents with children under the age of five to take up to four months’ unpaid…