It’s good to share

July 18, 2017

It’s good to share

There are many factors that affect parent’s decision on how childcare should be managed. Who takes the main caring role? What about pay? What happens about my job? For some parents, it’s good to share!

What is Shared Parental Leave?

Shared Parental Leave is designed to give parents more flexibility in how to share the care of their child in the first year following birth or adoption. Parents will be able to share a pot of leave, and can decide to be off work at the same time and/or take it in turns to have periods of leave to look after the child.

Qualifying for Shared Parental Leave

To qualify, the mother or adopter must be entitled to some form of maternity or adoption entitlement, have given notice to curtail it and must share the main responsibility for caring for the child with the named partner. For a parent to be eligible to take Shared Parental Leave they must be an employee and they must pass the continuity of employment test.

Taking Shared Parental Leave

If an employee wishes to take Shared Parental Leave they must notify their employer of their entitlement at least eight weeks before the start of any Shared Parental Leave starts.

Employers and employees will find that having early conversations regarding leave intentions will be beneficial, enabling them both to be clear regarding the entitlement, what leave arrangements are being considered and how any leave will be accommodated.

Shared Parental Leave – further help & advice for employers and employees.

Krissy Simmons – Acas Senior Advisor

About the author

As a Senior Advisor, Krissy works alongside employers and employees to help improve workplace relations by assisting to diagnose issues, offer impartial advice and deliver workplace solutions.

This blog was supplied Anis Qizilbash who is founder of Mindful Sales Training.

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Written by Krissy Simmons, ACAS Senior Advisor

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