The Share The Joy campaign has been launched to promote awareness of the workplace right to shared parental leave. Eligible parents can share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay after having a baby. Time can be taken individually or parents can be at home together for up to 6 months.
According to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) around 285,000 couples are eligible for shared parental leave each year, but most people are unaware of this and they estimate that the take up could be as low as 2%.
To find out more about Shared Parental Leave visit the government’s new website https://sharedparentalleave.campaign.gov.uk/. This website contains information for employers as well as parents. The campaign is part of the government’s commitment to not only protecting employment rights but to build on workers’ rights.
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