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Shared parental leave update for employers An overview of shared parental leave and the key changes for employers from employment solicitor Mark Stevens, the first in a series of online HR and employment law video updates.
Employers should be ready now to have meetings with employees who request shared parental leave. Parents of babies due to be born on or after 5 April 2015 will be eligible.
Employers will need to review their maternity and paternity policies and develop a policy dealing with shared parental leave. This will need to be prepared as soon as possible, in advance of April 2015.
Employers will need to consider the extent to which any contractual maternity pay will be mirrored in circumstances where employees take shared parental leave - and the impact that this could have on the wider organisation.
Employers must introduce appropriate forms for their employees to be able to notify them of their intention take shared parental leave, and to confirm their eligibility to do so.
Employers must ensure that their HR team understand how to respond to requests for shared parental leave, the process to follow, which patterns of leave can be rejected and what to do when employee's plans change.