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Shared parental leave

16 March 2016

A new system of shared parental leave has been introduced as part of the Government’s commitment to create a fairer society that gives parents more flexibility to decide how they want to share care for their child in the first year. Shared parental leave is available for parents in respect of children due on or after 5 April 2015.

A new system of shared parental leave has been introduced as part of the Government’s commitment to create a fairer society that gives parents more flexibility to decide how they want to share care for their child in the first year.  Shared parental leave is available for parents in respect of children due on or after 5 April 2015. 

The Government and ACAS have published guidance for employers and employees explaining how the shared parental leave regime is intended to work.

This inbrief summarises the way in which shared parental leave will operate and the rights parents will enjoy under the new regime. 

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