Parents in work can now share responsibility for looking after their newborn or newly adopted child as Shared Parental Leave law becomes effective today (5 April 2015).
Eligible couples whose child is due on or after Sunday 5 April 2015 can now share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay in the first year of their child’s life. Couples who adopt a child can share the same benefits as parents to the first year of the child’s adoption.
Parents can take the time off at the same time as each other or separately.
An estimated 285,000 couples a year will be able to take advantage of this change in the law.
Those who want to find out more can visit ‘Shared Parental Leave’