Shared parental leave was introduced on 1 December. The government has recently published how the rates of statutory shared parental pay will increase as of April 2015.
As of December employees who qualify for statutory shared parental pay will receive £138.18 per week or at 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, if this amount is less than the government’s set weekly rate.
As of 5 April 2015 the rate is increasing to £139.58 per week.
Shared parental leave and pay will be available for employees who have a baby due on or after 5 April 2015, and for employees who are adopting a child or the child is being placed for adoption on or after that date.
Employers should be ready to expect applications from their staff to take shared parental leave as soon as January 2015.
The government has also published how the rates for statutory maternity pay, paternity pay and adoption pay rates will increase from April 2015.
All three will also increase from £138.18 per week to £139.58 per week from 5 April.
Employment lawyers have advised employers to communicate to their employees about their new right to shared parental leave. Employers can also include the new rates in their company’s shared parental leave policy.
Read more about the law reforms in our article Employers: get ready for shared parental leave.
Published on: January 12, 2015