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Employment law updates

Shared parental leave

The new shared parental leave (SPL) regime - which comes into force on 1 December 2014 - will be available to eligible parents where their baby is due on, or after, 5 April 2015.

What is shared parental leave?

The new, rather complex, shared parental leave (SPL) regime comes into force on 1 December 2014 . When this happens eligible parents of babies due on, or after, 5 April 2015 will be able to take SPL - either together or at completely different times - in the first year of their child’s life. The mother will still have to take her two weeks’ compulsory maternity leave following the birth but, thereafter, she can curtail her right to maternity leave and the parents may split the remaining 50 weeks between them.

Note. The amount of SPL which may be taken in the first year of the child’s life is calculated by deducting the length of maternity leave already taken before the SPL period starts from a total of 52 weeks. SPL can be taken by either parent, or both, either independently or at the same time.

Ante-Natal appointments

On 1 October 2014 expectant fathers and parents of pregnant women, were given the statutory right to take unpaid time off work to attend two antenatal appointments.

As there are some personal relationships which are not straight forward, there are some guidelines on who qualifies for this right if a woman’s husband is not the father of her child and the right for time off where a man has children on the way with different women at the same time.

If you require guidance on either of these topics, please do contact Ursula Evans on 01332 365855 or email humanresources@batesweston.co.uk