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Shared Parental Leave and Pay

The Government has issued the draft regulations for Shared Parental Leave and Pay which are expected to become law from 1 October 2014 and will apply to babies due from April 2015.

The draft regulations set out the new statutory shared parental pay entitlements for parents. The press release states that:

'The Act will also help people to better balance their work and home life with the following measures:

  • From April 2015, mothers, fathers and adopters can opt to share parental leave around their child's birth or placement. This gives families more choice over taking leave in the first year - dads and mothers' partners can take up to a year, or parents can take several months at the same time;
  • From 1 October 2014, prospective fathers or a mother's partner can take time off to attend up to two antenatal appointments;
  • Adoption leave and pay will reflect entitlements available to birth parents from April 2015 - no qualifying period for leave; enhanced pay to 90% of salary for the first 6 weeks; and time off to attend introductory appointments. Intended parents in surrogacy and “foster to adopt” arrangements will also qualify for adoption leave and pay;
  • Extending the right to request flexible working to all employees from 30 June 2014;
  • Replacing the current statutory procedure, through which employers consider flexible working requests, with a duty on employers to consider requests in a 'reasonable' manner.'

Employment Relations Minister Jenny Willott said:

'Current workplace arrangements have not kept up with the times. The Children and Families Act will bring the way new parents balance their working and home lives into the 21st century.'

Internet link: BIS press release

06 Nov 2018

Budget 2018

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his second Autumn Budget on Monday 29 October 2018.

06 Nov 2018

Personal tax changes - allowance and basic rate band increases

At the Budget, the Chancellor announced that increases to the personal allowance and basic rate band for 2019/20.

06 Nov 2018

Capital allowances changes

A number of changes to capital allowances were announced at the Budget.