Looking Ahead - Shared parental leave - Draft regulations published

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Summary: The introduction of shared parental leave and pay moved a step closer with the Children and Families Act receiving Royal Assent on 13 March 2014 and the publication of draft regulations on shared parental leave and pay. The Children and Families Act sets out the framework for the new leave and pay regime, which is expected to come into effect for babies due or children placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015, and the draft regulations set out further detail on how the new leave and pay system will work in practice. The latest factsheet in our BLP: Looking Ahead series focuses on the key points from the draft regulations.

The introduction of shared parental leave and pay moved a step closer with the Children and Families Act receiving Royal Assent on 13 March 2014 and the publication of draft regulations on shared parental leave and pay.

The Children and Families Act sets out the framework for the new leave and pay regime, which is expected to come into effect for babies due or children placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015.  The Act also brings in a number of other changes to family friendly law including the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks’ service from 30 June 2014, and the right for fathers and partners to take time off work to attend antenatal and adoption appointments from 1 October 2014.

Our Looking Ahead factsheet on shared parental leave focuses on the key points from the draft regulations, which set out further detail on how the new leave and pay system will work in practice.

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