Shared Parental Leave in the UK: is it working? Lessons from other countries

This week marks two years since the introduction of Shared Parental Leave (SPL). Hailed as a flagship policy, which gives parents more choice around balancing work and care, SPL has been praised for allowing fathers to take a longer period of time off work to bond with their baby (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 2014). Manchester University’s Helen Norman and Colette Fagan explore why only a minority of fathers are taking up the scheme.