ACAS publishes shared maternity leave guidance

From 5th April 2015 couples will be legally entitled to share maternity and adoption leave and pay. ACAS has now published its guidance.

The guidance sets out the process for requesting leave and how employers should deal with these requests. Around 285,000 couples will be eligible according to Government estimates.

Eligibility extends to all working couples who are expecting or adopting a child, including those who are using a surrogate.

A more flexible arrangement

The new rules allow parents to share statutory leave throughout the first year of their child’s life. Crucially, parents can take blocks of leave, working in between, for maximum flexibility.

The ACAS guide is comprehensive, with advice for employers on SPL policy-making, processes and employees’ eligibility, rights and pay. It also explains parents’ obligations, such as giving due notice.

Make your plans now

Now is a good time to assess your likely exposure to the new legislation and put SPL policies and plans in place. If you would like to discuss this or any aspect of employment law, get in touch.


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