Shared parental leave lawyers

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Moore Barlow offers legal advice on shared parental leave. We advise on eligibility, notice requirements, and the process for requesting and taking shared parental leave.

We also provide guidance on discrimination and harassment issues related to shared parental leave.

  • Shared parental leave was introduced in 2015 to allow partners greater freedom in how they share leave to look after their new baby or adopted child.
  • Although it gives you more flexibility in which of you has time off and when, there are several rules you need to comply with, including how you give your employer notice when you are taking leave.
  • We recommend you talk to us first if you’re considering shared parental leave, so we can explain it fully and ensure you enjoy time off with your child, without problems.

What is shared parental leave?

Shared parental leave is the arrangement where parents can share the leave entitlements they receive following the birth or adoption of a child. This allows both parents to take time off work to care for their child, rather than just the mother.

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Katherine Maxwell

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What are your legal rights around shared parental leave?

The idea of shared parental leave is to allow parents to share their statutory leave periods to look after their new child, whether they both take leave together or take it in turns to have time off work. The leave can be taken over just one period or in separate periods, although you will have to give your employer notice in advance.

Shared parental leave was introduced in 2015, and as well as couples bringing up their own baby, it also applies to couples adopting a child. Your employers are obliged to honour your right to shared parental leave, as long as you apply for leave correctly and comply with the rules. HMRC will also want to know your leave and pay arrangements during shared parental leave.

Although shared parental leave offers more flexibility about which of you works and when, as you bring up your child together, the rules about who is eligible, paid leave and notice periods for taking leave are complex.

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Why choose our shared parental leave solicitors?

Our shared parental leave solicitors are dedicated to providing exceptional legal support to parents who wish to take advantage of shared parental leave. With years of experience in employment law, our team is well-equipped to guide you through the complex legal process of taking shared parental leave, ensuring that you receive the support and advice you need to make informed decisions about your parental leave options. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in the workplace and will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights as a working parent are protected.

How can our shared parental leave solicitors help?

At Moore Barlow, our shared parental leave solicitors can provide expert legal advice and support to both employers and employees on the complex regulations surrounding shared parental leave. We can help with drafting policies, negotiating flexible working arrangements, and resolving disputes. Our team is committed to promoting equality and diversity in the workplace and ensuring that working parents are able to balance their responsibilities both at home and at work.

With our expert staff based across our offices in LondonRichmondSouthamptonGuildfordLymington, and Woking we offer specialist employment law advice to clients nationwide.

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