How will it affect employers and employees?
Family-friendly leave entitlements are changing! Shared Parental Leave (SPL) applies to parents of children who are due to be born/adopted on or after 5 April 2015 and will give parents more flexibility over when they take leave during the first year of their child’s life.
SPL will be an “opt-in” system so the current maternity and adoption leave provisions apply unless parents choose to share it. 2 weeks ordinary paternity leave will remain available to fathers/partners, but the option to take additional paternity leave has been removed.
SPL is available to families where both parents are employed and also where one parent is employed and the other is classed as “economically active”, which only requires a low level of earnings.
Employment rights during leave, in redundancy situations and on return are the same as during maternity leave.