Department for Business Innovation and Skills publishes draft rules on shared parental leave and pay
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (Bis) has recently published a set of draft regulations for shared parental leave and pay, whose final versions are scheduled to come into full force on the 1st of October 2014.
According to a media news report on this topic, the draft regulations outline a new set of entitlements for both parents or their partners to receive ‘statutory shared parental pay’ from their employers. The proposals detail the conditions that parents must meet to qualify for these payments and also allow flexibility for parents to change their requirements after their initial claim.
The regulations will allow both parents to share up to 50 weeks’ leave, which can be taken at the same time, or separately. Mothers will be allowed to reduce their maternity leave and, provided they give at least eight weeks’ notice, can make up to three requests to share their maternity leave with their partner after having their child.
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (Bis) has asked employers and other stakeholders to respond to the draft rules, saying they want to make the new system of shared parental leave and pay “as simple to use as possible”.
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