Shared Parental Leave – Latest Statistics

A survey by CIPD has found that just 5% of fathers and 8% of mothers have opted to take shared parental leave since it was introduced 18 months ago.  We previously discussed why take up was so low and this survey added it may also be because free childcare is only applicable to children aged 3 and [...]

Autumn Statement – Statutory Maternity & Sick Pay Rates increase

There were several announcement made by the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, in the Autumn Statement that will impact employment law. Incidentally this might be the last Autumn Statement, as one of the announcements was to abolish them! In April 2017, the rates employers have to pay will go up for the first time since April 2015. [...]

Snell v Network Rail – Is it discriminatory to pay a male parent taking shared parental leave less than a female parent taking maternity leave?

Hello and welcome back to your weekly case law update. Last week we looked at the validity of settlement of agreements and we also did a feature on discrimination during recruitment following the Matching Models controversy. This week we will be looking at shared parental leave. Today’s case is only an ET judgement so is therefore not binding on [...]

Shared Parental Leave – One year on:

Shared Parental Leave celebrated its first birthday this month, however, take up by male parents has been low. A recent study suggests that there has been less than 1% take up of the policy despite over 250,000 working fathers being eligible. One factor behind the suggested low take up is believed to be that many male [...]

Meet the (Grand) Parents – Parental leave to be extended to grand parents

It has been 6 months since shared parental leave has been introduced and whilst it has yet to revolutionise parenting it is very much an option for soon to be parents. At the Conservative party conference, George Osborne announced plans to extend shared parental leave towards Grandparents. It is estimated that nearly 50% of parents rely [...]

Shared Parental Leave: Could your business be left holding the baby

It came into force on the 5th of April and if you haven’t read our previous posts (click here  and here ) read the summary below. New mothers remain entitled to 52 weeks maternity leave and 39 weeks maternity pay.  However, as from 5th April, a mother can share this leave and pay  (except for [...]