Editor's message: A mother will be able to reduce her statutory maternity pay period and share the untaken pay with her partner, or the child's father, as statutory shared parental pay. Similar provisions apply for parents who are adopting a child.
For employers that provide enhanced maternity pay, whether or not to enhance pay for employees on shared parental leave is a key decision. It is expected that take up of shared parental leave will increase significantly only if employers provide enhanced pay to fathers who take it.
Susie Munro, senior employment law editor
Updated to include the latest information on the possible extension of shared parental leave to grandparents.
Updated to include details of the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill, which will introduce an entitlement to at least two weeks' paid leave for qualifying employees in the event of the death of their child.
Consultant editor Darren Newman asks if an employment tribunal was correct to hold that it was direct sex discrimination for a new father to be allowed to take only two weeks' leave on full pay, when female staff were entitled to 14 weeks' enhanced maternity pay.
Updated to include information on Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd, which is a case about enhanced shared parental pay.
Cases on appeal provides news on key case law developments that are expected.
More than half of fathers would use shared parental leave, according to a poll by charity Working Families, published two years after the introduction of the right.
Updated to reflect the statutory shared parental pay rate in force from 2 April 2017.
The run-up to April is typically a busy time of year for HR professionals, with new employment legislation due to come into force. 2017 is no exception, with the most significant development being the introduction of the gender pay gap reporting duty for larger employers. However, there are a number of other key changes affecting all employers, regardless of their size.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to shared parental pay.