On 5 April 2015, Shared Parental Leave (SPL) legislation will come into force in the UK. This new policy will give eligible parents, partners and adopters the flexibility to decide who will care for their child in the first year of its life. And it looks pretty popular so far, with 4 out of 5 future parents saying that they ‘d consider taking SPL.
The changes mean that maternity cover can be split between a mother and her partner or the father, giving them the chance to either take time off together to care for their child (beyond the current two weeks paternity leave that is currently available to fathers), or split the leave so that the mother can return to work, allowing the father or partner to spend additional quality time bonding and caring for their child.
And good news for those adopting a child – they are entitled to the same rights as other parents to Shared Parental Leave.
Whenever new legislation comes into force, there are always questions that need answering. To save you hunting around the web looking through numerous sites to find those answers, here is an infographic we’ve put together that gives you all the information you need on Shared Parental Leave (click the infographic to enlarge).Photo credit: Ryan Tauss, Stocksnap