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SHARED PARENTAL LEAVE : Understanding employee attitudes

06 February 2015  

Gemma Parker examines the findings of a recent survey into the likely uptake of flexible leave for mothers and fathers during the first year of their child’s life

Shared parental leave (SPL) is a completely new type of family leave that will be available to parents of babies due or children placed for adoption from 5 April 2015. As has been widely publicised, for the first time eligible parents will have the opportunity to take leave in the first year of their child’s life in a fully flexible way. Working parents will be able to share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of statutory pay, which they can take either at the same time or independently of one another. This flexibility presents an opportunity for employers as well as a number of practical challenges.

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