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Shared parental leave becomes law

The Children and Families Act 2014 has gained Royal Assent, meaning from April 2015, mothers, fathers and adopters will be able to share parental leave around their child’s birth or placement.

Employment Relations Minister, Jenny Willott, said the new arrangements would bring the way parents balanced their work and home lives “into the 21st century”.

By enabling any employee to request to work flexibly, we want to remove any cultural assumption that flexible working is only for women, or just for parents and carers.

We want these reforms to bring about a culture change in Britain’s workplaces, allowing everyone to better balance work with their personal life in the way that works for them.

The new system is good for business as it will create a more motivated and flexible, talented workforce. Employers will be able to attract and retain women, from the boardroom to the shop floor, and prevent them from dropping out of the world of work once they start a family.

Additional amendments to the law also include extending the right to request flexible working to all employees from 30 June 2014.

See what’s changed and what’s new in the legislation

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