0370 270 6000

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.

Related opinions

IR35 rules to be scrapped from April 2023

The Chancellor’s recent mini-budget provided a significant announcement for business as it was confirmed that the off-payroll working rules (known as “IR35”) put in place for public and private sector businesses from 2017 and 2021 will be scrapped from April 2023.

View blog

Cameras in convenience stores: a potential hornet’s nest..?

A convenience retailer has opted to install cameras (the “Facewatch” system) at a limited number of its English stores to reduce crime and protect its staff.

View blog

Challenges from potential Foster Carers and Adopters

Our immediate future shows a renewed focus on foster care. We’re going to see a new nationwide-drive to recruit foster carers and the implementation of a more robust, and potentially financially-generous system for encouraging friends and family to care for their relatives (both when extended families cannot cope or provide care for any reason).

View blog

Covid Rent Arrears: Cinema operators’ appeals dismissed

The Court of Appeal has dismissed two cases regarding rent arrears accrued during the Covid lockdowns. The cases are London Trocadero (2015) LLP v Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd and Bank of New York Mellon (International) Ltd v Cine-UK Ltd.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up