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Who's taking up the government on shared parental leave?

Minimal remuneration, perceived disruption in workforces, and antiquated management styles mean SPL is not reaching its potential, says Pippa Allsop

26 May 2015

In December 2014 the government introduced a new shared parental leave (SPL) policy, which allows parents to share up to 12 months of leave following
the birth of their child.

This move appears to acknowledge a gradual but notable societal shift in attitudes towards the changing family format and the fluidity of gender roles. Recent studies show that in the last 20 years the amount of households in the UK where the woman is the main breadwinner has risen from 13 to 31 per cent. This proportion should continue to increase, meaning that more working parents will need to re-evaluate the ‘traditional family model’, as often it may be more financially prudent and/or viable for a female breadwinner to return to work as soon as possible after a child is born.

Although it would seem that SPL is a fantastic step in the right direction, it has received criticism for being just a f...

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