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Shared parental leave: regulations laid before Parliament and new guidance

From 5 April 2015, eligible employees will have the right to opt into a new system of shared parental leave, under which they can share up to 52 weeks’ leave (less the two- or four-week period of compulsory maternity leave that a birth mother must take) with a co-parent. They will be able to take the leave concurrently or consecutively and in continuous or discontinuous blocks. They can also share statutory shared parental pay. Employees will also be protected from dismissal and detriment for exercising or seeking to exercise shared parental leave rights. The government has recently laid three of the core sets of regulations before Parliament and some initial guidance on the system has also been published.

On 21 July 2014, three of the core sets of regulations governing the new system of shared parental leave were laid before Parliament. These are: the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014; the Statutory Shared Parental Pay (General) Regulations 2014; and the Maternity and Adoption Leave (Curtailment of Statutory Rights to Leave) Regulations 2014…

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