The introduction of Shared Parental Leave marks a sea change in the UK’s approach to family friendly rights, balancing both the rights of fathers to be more heavily involved in the first year with their new offspring, and the corresponding right of mothers to be able to return to their careers whilst still ensuring that the child benefits from parental care.
However, as is inevitable with such a wide-ranging piece of legislation, implementing the changes introduced by the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 is not without its difficulties. In particular, the procedure to be followed, and the information to be provided, is both complex and precise. It is imperative that organisations and parents get it right first time, to ensure that the process runs smoothly for both parties.
With this in mind, DWF has produced some useful and easy to understand flow charts, to help you navigate the changes with confidence and without having to get bogged down in the technicalities of the regulations themselves.
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