The introduction of shared parental leave is intended to provide a framework to support modern working families and allow them to balance childcare responsibilities. Three sets of draft regulations covering shared parental leave and pay have just been laid before Parliament and are due to come into force in December 2014. Two more sets of draft regulations are awaited (expected to cover the ‘curtailment’ of statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance) and new ACAS guidance on shared parental leave will be published shortly.

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