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SHARED PARENTAL LEAVE: The law of unintended consequences

04 November 2016  

Lauren Pullen-Stanley discusses the potential impact of the first tribunal decision to consider the pay given to men and women on shared parental leave

There was a flurry of excitement among employment lawyers following last month’s news that a father had won his sex discrimination claim against his employer in a case involving shared parental leave. Based on general press coverage of Snell v Network Rail [2016], it seemed that an employment tribunal in Scotland had given the first judgment which could be of use to employers and their advisers when considering whether to enhance shared parental leave pay. However, not all was as it first seemed.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    C-104/09 Roca Alvarez v Sesa Start Espana ETT SA [2010] ECR I-08661

    Shuter v Ford Motor Company Ltd [2013] ET/3203504/13

    Snell v Network Rail [2016] ETS/4100178/2016