New Shared Parental Leave and Pay regulations come into effect

01 December 2014


The new regulations introducing Shared Parental Leave and Pay have now come into effect in Great Britain. 

The new rules, which apply to couples with babies due or children matched or placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015, will allow parents to choose whether they want to share the mother’s maternity leave and pay.

There are expected to be as many as 285,000 working couples that will be eligible to share leave and pay from April 2015.

Employers should remember that the regulations have so far come into effect only for Great Britain, that is for employees living in England, Scotland and Wales. Separate legislation to extend this provision to employees who live in Northern Ireland is currently passing through the Northern Irish Assembly and is expected to take effect from April 2015.

And don’t forget the CIPP training course to ensure you have all the details correct.