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Shared Parental Leave: One year on

Published: 5 Apr 2016

Today is the first anniversary of Shared Parental Leave (SPL), a new policy allowing eligible working parents to share periods of parental leave. Our January 2016 research into the reception of SPL indicates that:

  • more than two thirds of employers are supportive of SPL
  • a third of employers are matching SPL pay to existing enhanced maternity pay
  • employers continue to have concerns about the complexity of SPL and about the cultural acceptance of fathers taking leave
  • two thirds of employers are planning to review their SPL policy in the next year as the new provisions become more established
  • 7 out of 10 employers expect take-up to eventually exceed the government estimate of 8%.

You can read the full report here

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