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Plans For Paid Maternity Leave To Be Shared Between Parents

Plans by the Coalition to introduce shared parental leave could leave a bitter taste in the mouth of bureaucracy, employment law experts have warned.

It is reported that draft Regulations for shared parental leave were widely described as complex despite their intentions to “cut red tape” for employers.

The new plans could see new mothers able to end their maternity leave early and share the remaining paid leave with their partner. Personnel Today reports: “Parents will be able to intersperse periods of work with periods of leave and take leave at the same time as each other.”

London head of employment at law firm DLA Piper, Pattie Walsh, is quoted as saying: “The Government’s aim to allow parents to share a period of parental leave is a laudable one. However, at first blush at least, the Regulations which will implement the system look terribly complicated.”

It is expected that the new rules would apply to new parents of babies born on or after 5th April 2015.

Ms Walsh added: “Time will tell whether the new system will truly revolutionise family friendly rights for the UK’s workforce or whether, in reality, it becomes a mire of uncertainty for employees and an administrative nightmare for employers.”

Personnel Today reports: “The draft Regulations, which also cover adoption, set out various qualification requirements, notice periods and how much shared parental pay will be available to each parent.”

Those seeking a more thorough overview of the draft Regulations are invited to visit XpertHR here.


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