40% of Parents do not qualify for Shared Parental Leave

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Shared Parental Leave will be available to parents where their baby is due on or after 5th April, 2015. Research carried out by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has raised concerns that two out of five fathers will be ineligible for shared parental leave as a result of their partner not being in paid employment. Mothers who have no job have no rights to maternity leave or pay that they can share.

Whilst the TUC are arguing this is not good enough and more needs to be done to help new parents, this has to be great news for employers who face considerable disruption to their businesses from this new legislation.

Parents may be unaware of the eligibility requirements, so employers must carefully check all applications received to ensure the eligibility criteria have been met. You may need to ask the employee for documentary evidence to support their application.

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