Shared parental leave is now in force

Shared parental leave is now in force 

Shared Parental Leave for both mums and dads has come into force this week, but new research suggests many parents don't fully understand what it means for them.


The research by My Family Care and revealed that parents are still very confused about what the changes mean and how they can take advantage of the new legislation. Of the 1,000 people asked, 1 in 4 (25%) said they were unaware of the changes while nearly a third (32%) said they don't understand the changes at all and 31% said they had plenty of questions. 72% said they specifically didn't understand SPLIT days.

So, in simple terms, Shared Parental Leave (SPL) means the 12 months allocated leave after the birth of your baby can be shared between mum and dad with the aim of helping women return to the workplace and allowing men to have more involvement in caring for new babies.

SPLIT days allows mums and dads to keep in touch with work by working up to 20 days during their leave with their employers' agreement.


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