From 1st December 2014 there are significant changes to parents rights to share maternity / adoption leave and pay.
These changes relate to any baby born or child adopted after 5th
April 2015. Under this new system of flexible parental leave,
parents will be able to choose how they share care of their child in
the first year after birth. So any employee (or their
partner) who becomes pregnant now will be covered by these new
All employers will be expected to
develop policies which reflect these important changes. To assist
you with implementing the changes we have developed 2 new policies
set out below. As always these are free for you to download and
adapt for your organisation.
Maternity, Paternity and
Shared Parental Leave Policy
This is a fully integrated policy
which cover all the statutory entitlements to maternity, adoption,
paternity and (shared / unpaid) parental leave and pay. This is a
good option for businesses which don't have any policies currently
Shared Parental Leave
This policy relates to the statutory requirements around
shared parental leave and pay and is suitable if you already have
policies on maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave.
The policies below cover each individual element of parental
entitlements. You can adopt these policies individually or as a
suite of policies with the Shared Parental Leave Policy above.
Maternity Leave Policy
Covers all statutory maternity leave and pay arrangements for
Outlines the current statutory entitlements of employees whose
wife, civil partner or partner gives birth to a child. Paternity
leave is also available to an adoptive parent where a child is
matched or newly placed with them for adoption. This policy gives
details of the arrangements for paternity leave and pay. Some of the
arrangements in this policy for Additional Paternity Leave will be
directly superceded by the Shared Parental Leave arrangements - see
This policy sets out the statutory rights and
responsibilities of employees who are planning to adopt a child and
gives details of the arrangements for adoption leave and pay.
Parental Leave Policy
Outlines an employees right to 18 weeks unpaid
leave for the purpose of caring for a child. This is in addition to
the Shared Parental Leave rights.
Procedure for Making a Flexible Working Request
From 30th June 2014,
any member of staff can request flexible working. Here is a template
which you can use with mimimal customisation for your business. It fully conforms to
the new ACAS guidelines.