Who will be impacted by the new shared parental leave provisions?

285,000 working couples according to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Couples expecting a child on or after 5 April 2015 will benefit from the new rights under the new system which will give couples the opportunity to share leave more equally and flexibly. Eligible couple can take shared parental leave when the mother opts to end her maternity leave and pay (or maternity allowance) early. The remainder of her statutory leave and pay may be shared between the mother and her partner as shared parental leave and pay.

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