Shared parental leave and pay

Susie Munro

Editor's message: Your organisation may not have had to handle a shared parental leave request yet, but you should still have a process in place and understand the right.

The aim of shared parental leave, which was introduced in April 2015, is to give parents more flexibility over how they share childcare between them during the first year of their child's life. 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 you. Whether or not your organisation has to agree to the leave pattern requested is also not straightforward. You should ensure that 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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