Find out why new working dads in the UK don’t take advantage of Shared Parental Leave (SPL), although they really do want the time off to care for their baby.
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The CIPD has called for a step change from UK Government and employers as research finds that support for working parents still isn’t hitting the mark.
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.
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Employers may struggle to deal with the influx of grandparents expected to claim shared parental leave, Michael Briggs, a senior associate at law Shoosmiths has written in an article for The Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
With life expectancy increasing and retirement being pushed further and further back, working grandparents are becoming more and more commonplace. In response Chancellor George Osborne has announced that shared parental leave will be extended to allow grandparents to be able to take care of their grandchildren.
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New dads who work for Virgin will able to take a full 12 months paid paternity leave. The offer is available to both mothers and fathers as well as people who adopt.
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The results of a survey conducted by HRreview and employee benefit and family policy specialists MyFamilyCare suggest that training line-managers to manage parents and carers is not being prioritized in the UK. In a survey of over one hundred UK employers, only a third (34 percent) offered managers access to written or online best practice…
Men are twice as likely to be deterred from taking shared parental leave as they are worried they will face resentment for colleagues. The research also shows that many families are unable to afford taking shared parental leave and have concerns over their prospects should they take it.