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Government guidance on shared parental leave released

By Neil Maclean and Katie Russell

The government has published its long-awaited guidance on how the new system of shared parental leave will work in practice and it may not be what you were expecting.

The guides explain that in respect of babies due on or after 5 April 2015, mothers and their partners will be able to share the bulk of the mother’s maternity leave and pay.

One surprise in the current regulations is that it seems parents will be entitled to take the leave in three separate blocks…

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