Workplace rights: Modern parenting

The Government is pressing ahead with plans for a new system of shared parental leave, available to mothers and fathers equally. What does this mean?

by
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

The thinking is that, despite paternity leave reforms last year, employment rights in this area entrench the assumption that the mother should be the primary carer early in a child's life. The new scheme is likely to entail the mother taking 18 weeks' leave at or around the birth, with the remainder of the current 52-week maternity leave period being reclassified as 'parental leave' to be taken flexibly by either parent.

If this goes through, it will represent a major legislative nod towards greater equity in childcare, but there will still be a practical disincentive for would-be stay-at-home dads. Any leave they take under the proposed regime would be paid at a flat weekly rate, capped at £135.45, or else unpaid.

This is unlikely to be financially attractive, except where the mother is the major earner.

 

Michael Burd and James Davies, Lewis Silkin LLP solicitors, email: employment@lewissilkin.com

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

A simple cure for impostor syndrome

Opinion: It's time to stop hero-worshipping and start figuring out what greatness looks like to...

I was hired to fix Uber’s toxic culture - and I did. Here’s ...

Harvard’s Frances Frei reveals how you know when your values have gone rotten, and what...

Social responsibility may no longer be a choice

Editorial: Having securitised businesses’ loans and paid their wage bills, it’s not inconceivable the government...

What went wrong at Wirecard

And how to stop it happening to you.

Leadership lessons from Jürgen Klopp

The Liverpool manager exemplifies ‘the long win’, based not on results but on clarity of...

How to get a grip on stress

Once a zebra escapes the lion's jaws, it goes back to grazing peacefully. There's a...