As our readers will be aware, for parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015 a new system of “shared parental leave” will be available. In short, a mother will be able to “share” 50 weeks of her maternity leave and 37 weeks of maternity pay with an eligible father. Periods of leave can be taken consecutively or concurrently and strict notification rules apply.
To assist parents in calculating their shared parental leave eligibility and pay entitlements the Department of Business, Innovation and Skill (BIS) has developed on “online calculator” which can be access here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/calculate-your-leave-and-pay-when-you-have-a-child
This will also be a useful tool for recruitment agents acting on behalf of employers who wish to consider and calculate employee entitlements. Other useful publications for employers on Shared Parental Leave to date include:
Recruitment agents acting on behalf of employers should have updated their policies/Staff Handbook to make reference to the new right and the detailed procedure for requesting and taking leave. If your business has not yet done so, or wishes to take further advice on the process, please contact Rebecca Streets at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0113 394 6849.