Changes to Shared Parental Leave from April 2015


Fathers in Civil Service to Receive Same Salary and Benefits as Mothers when Sharing Parental Leave

From April 2015 fathers, partners, and adopters who work for the civil service will be entitled to the same pay and benefits when taking shared parental leave. This will give them the same entitlement as mothers.

Same Rules for Mothers and Partners

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hopes that this change will set a standard for other public and private sector businesses to follow suit, making it easier for fathers, partners or adopters to take time off to support the mother and to be there for their child. Currently, partners or adopters can only take the maximum 2 weeks leave paid at the statutory rate.

Young families can benefit greatly from shared parental leave.

New rules would allow the father, partner and adopter the same enhanced pay as a woman in their position, and a share of the 6 months’ leave fully paid with an additional 6 weeks on 90% pay.

It's a "positive move, that we certainly commend thus far" said Head of Employment Law at Simpson Millar LLP, especially after the treatment of workers in the public sector following the financial crash.

#AskACAS on Twitter

ACAS, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, held a Q & A on Twitter Tuesday the 21st October 2014 allowing users to question the changes using the hashtag #AskACAS. Some of the most popular questions asked were concerning:
  • How shared parental pay will be split between the 2 partners
  • Discontinuous blocks of leave
  • How will annual leave be accrued if discontinuous blocks are taken
  • How shared parental leave works if the mother is self-employed
Aneeqa Ali, an Employment Law Solicitor at Simpson Millar LLP comments further:

"This is a positive move which will make it easier for fathers, partners and adopters to afford to spend more time with their new born child. It is a commendable change from the current legislation which only entitles mothers to receive full pay when parental leave is shared.

The scheme will also provide greater flexibility and encourage both parents to share their time in caring for their child. In the future, it is hoped that private sector employers will also adopt this approach moving towards more equality between male and female employees."

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