Shared parental leave and pay

Susie Munro

Editor's message: Shared parental leave and pay is aimed at giving parents more flexibility over how they share childcare between them during the first year of their child's life, or the first year following adoption. They can take it in turns to have periods of leave to care for the child, and/or take leave at the same time as each other.

There are complex rules on eligibility for shared parental leave and pay and on the notice that employees must give their employer. Whether or not the employer has to agree to the leave pattern requested is also not straightforward. Employers should ensure that their line managers understand the legal framework around shared parental leave requests, or at least know where to obtain information for employees considering making a request.

Susie Munro, senior employment law editor

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