New campaign launched to increase shared parental leave

16 February 2018

According to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) around 285,000 couples every year qualify for Shared Parental Leave, but around half of the general public are unaware that the option exists for parents and take up could be as low as 2%.

HM Government has launched a new ‘share the joy’ campaign which promotes shared parental leave rights for parents to try and encourage more parents to take up the offer of Shared Parental Leave in their baby’s first year.

The new Shared Parental Leave (SPL) campaign website has detailed information and guidance for existing and expecting parents and for employers and also showcases testimonials from real-life couples taking advantage of SPL.

The campaign is part of the government’s commitment to raise awareness of employment rights, in a drive to boost job satisfaction and productivity as part of the modern Industrial Strategy and Good Work Plan, and also to deliver the pledge to not just protect, but to build on workers’ rights.

The workplace right for eligible parents was introduced in 2015 and allows them to share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay after having a baby. They can take time off separately or they can be at home together for up to 6 months.

BEIS advocate that the policy benefits employers who can retain talent in their workforce and can contribute to closing their gender pay gap.

Shared parental leave and pay

The CIPP run a half day training course which includes detailed information regarding Shared Parental Leave. The course is designed to give delegates all they need to ensure that they meet their statutory obligations to their employees, employers and HMRC. For full details see the payroll training area on our website.