Five years after its introduction, the number of fathers claiming shared parental leave has increased by over two-thirds since 2015/16, but four in 10 dads still cannot afford to share leave with their partner.
The law on shared parental leave (SPL), including entitlement to shared parental leave in a birth or adoption situation, continuous and discontinuous periods of leave, shared-parental-leave-in-touch days, and the curtailment of maternity or adoption leave.
The Government is pressing ahead with plans to extend the period during which pregnant employees and new parents are entitled to be offered any suitable alternative vacancy if they are being made redundant. We look at how the law will change and the headaches that the amendments could cause for employers.
Consultant editor Darren Newman examines the recent Court of Appeal decision that puts paid - for now at least - to the argument that employers that offer enhanced maternity pay must offer the equivalent for employees on shared parental leave.
In Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd; Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police v Hextall, the Court of Appeal rejected sex discrimination claims brought by male staff against employers that enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay.
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