The difference between maternity, paternity and shared parental leave is vast, so it wouldn’t hurt to know what each one entails.
Shared Parental Leave
It’s been one year since the launch of the Shared Parental Leave (SPL) policy, allowing couples to share leave when it comes to a new addition to the family in the hope that women will return to the workforce quicker – but it seems both parents are not so keen on the uptake.
The majority of women would consider taking shared parental leave and are keen to balance career and family, but believe the culture in their current firm make pursuing a career as a mother unrealistic. As such, Executive Coaching MD Geraldine Gallacher explains why men can help both genders achieve a better work-life balance.
Richard Isham looks at the ramifications for business owners if grandparents are permitted to take time off to care for grandchildren, and presents the barriers to date.
According to My Family Care, 60 per cent of fathers who have children under school age say they don’t have a working pattern that suits them as bosses don't understand their needs.
Against a backdrop of radical change in the British flexible working and parental leave spaces, Richard Branson’s outlandish commitments to staff threaten to do more damage than good.
On 5 April Shared Parental Leave (SPL) comes into force, where couples and adopters will be able to share 12 months of leave after the birth of their child. The aim is to help women return to the workplace and allow men to have more involvement in caring for new babies.
The NHS interpretation of the new Shared Parental Leave (SPL) regulation “leaves itself open to discrimination”, according to an NHS employee who contacted Real Business.
Jo Swinson, minister for employment relations and Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire, shares her advice on the upcoming Shared Parental Leave legislation with Real Business – and looks at what kind of cultural change she hopes it will bring about.
Flexible working is more than just a buzzword or a short lived fad, it is quickly becoming a serious competitive advantage for those businesses that put the concept into practice. There has never been a better time to embrace it with the influence of technology enabling people to live and work in ways that were previously impossible. Why then do so many businesses have yet to move on from the days of punching clocks and coats on the backs of seats?
With Shared Parental Leave (SPL) regulations due to come into force in just two weeks' time, over a third (36 per cent) of smaller firms are not prepared to integrate the new law and nearly half (44 per cent) are worried about how the regulations will impact on business.
“Shared parental leave is set to kickstart a change where fathers feel empowered to take time off to look after kids and not feel constrained by outdated stereotypes.” These words by employment relations minister Jo Swinson come as the countdown reaches eight weeks to go.