Did you know that in just a month Shared Parental Leave and Pay will be available for the partner of a child’s mother or adoptive parent?

The basics of maternity and adoption leave and pay will not change but a mother or adoptive parent will be able to end such leave early and transfer it to their partner. Currently such leave is for 52 weeks and payment is for a period of 39 weeks in total. The mother must take at least two weeks of this.

Have you thought about the implications of this or are you hoping this issue will not arise in your organisation? 

While we do not anticipate a large take up of such leave by working fathers, particularly immediately, you may need to deal with enquiries. To assist with this we recommend you have a policy in place. We can help you deal with the legal issues and practicalities. Do contact us with any questions you have.