Shared Parental Leave: One year on

Publication: HR Magazine

When Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was first introduced in April 2015 it was hailed by many as a significant step forward in reducing gender inequality in the workplace. One year on, questions are being raised about whether the scheme is really that effective.

Under SPL mothers or primary adopters have the ability to cut their maternity leave or adoption leave short (subject to compulsory maternity leave) and share any untaken leave with the other parent of their child. The scheme also entitles parents to share Shared Parental Pay (SPP), which is available for 39 weeks minus any weeks in which statutory maternity pay, maternity allowance or statutory adoption pay have been claimed.

My Family Care conducted a survey to mark the one-year anniversary of SPL coming into force.

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