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ACAS launches practical guide to Shared Parental Leave

20 October 2014

ACAS has published a detailed practical guidance note on the new Shared Parental Leave rules to help employers and employees navigate their way through the regulations.

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Pay will be available for eligible employees whose baby is due on or after 5th April 2015, or who have a child placed with them for adoption on or after that date.

The guide includes a step by step guide on how eligible employees can make a request for SPL and advice for employers on dealing with requests fairly. It also covers more complex aspects of the scheme such as parents taking periods of discontinuous leave and what to do if employees change their leave plans. Standard letters and a policy document are also included.

We wait to see how employers choose to implement the changes and how flexible they will be. In particular, it will be interesting to see if other employers follow the Civil Service lead to offer full parental pay to all employees.

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