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285,000 working couples eligible for shared parental leave

08/09/2014

Couples finding out now that they are expecting a child will be among the first parents eligible to take advantage of new shared parental leave rights. The new rules announced by Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs Minister Jo Swinson apply to couples whose babies are due from next April (2015), and will allow parents to choose whether they want to share the mother's maternity leave. Shared parental leave can be taken at the same time so a couple would be able to be at home together for up to half a year following the birth of their child. There are expected to be around 285,000 working couples that will be eligible to share the leave from April 2015. The changes will kick start a culture change in workplaces where fathers feel more confident to talk to their employers about taking time off for childcare. See the infographic and more information on GOV.UK.


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