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New rights on shared parental leave

Around about now, some parents-to-be will be thinking ahead to next April. In less than nine months’ time babies will start to be born to mothers, fathers and partners or will be placed with adopters who are entitled to a new form of shared parental leave. 

The key date is 5th April 2015; babies born or placed through adoption on or after then will trigger rights for their parents to combine and divide their individual leave entitlements.

It may seem some way off, but now is the time for businesses to think about preparing policies to deal with employees’ requests, and to have the answers to their queries in the lead-up to the changed law. Early discussions will help you understand the sort of arrangements you’re going to need to make, and plan for a smooth transition.