The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published The Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 on 18th November. The report looked at the entitlement and benefits of shared parental leave for couples in the first year of their child’s life.
As of April 2015, parents will now have more choice in how they care for their child in terms of time off work and how they decide to share this leave. The report also states that these new rules will also apply to couples adopting or going through surrogacy.
The new entitlements are for employees who are mothers and fathers, adopters and partners of adopters and relate to the option of shared parental leave in the first year of a child’s life or placement for adoption.
There are a number of evidence requirements which need to be satisfied in order for shared parental leave to be permitted which appear in regulations 24-26. There are also a number of conditions which apply to the person claiming entitlement to shared parental leave and a number of conditions relating to the person that the claimant will be caring for the child with.
The regulations set out how many weeks of shared parental leave are available to claimants who have children and claimants who adopt. The amount of notice required for requesting shared parental leave are also set out in the regulations 28-32.
The full report can be downloaded here.