Barriers to Shared Parental Leave

 19 August 2015

A report from ACAS has suggested that over 87% of men want to ‘split leave following the birth of their child with the mother’, but there could be barriers that prevent them from doing so.

Nearly a third of men surveyed responded that they thought their manager would not be understanding, a fifth felt that their colleagues would make fun of them and a similar proportion feared they would be overlooked for promotion if they took the time off. The law is very clear on this and there is explicit protection afforded to employees taking Shared Parental Leave (SPL). Employees who seek to take SPL must not face detriment as a result of doing so.

If one of your employees were to face such detriment, it could prove to be extremely costly for your company. As this is something you wish to avoid, ensure that you have a clear policy that states your procedures in unambiguous language that is followed in practice. Not only will this educate management as to the best way to proceed, it will also relax and reassure any employees who might wish to take SPL.

Employment law is constantly changing and SPL itself only came into force earlier this year. In order to keep up to date, we are able to create bespoke, legally compliant, policies suitable for any business. If you would like to find out more about what Alpha can do for you, please feel free to contact us.

Testimonials

  • Martin Kaye

    Martin Kaye have provided advice in some highly complex HR matters and they continue to provide our day to day HR advice through their "ALPHA" HR scheme. They offer a very commercial and pragmatic approach and we have always been impressed by the level of service. The members of staff are approachable and easy to deal with.

    Eurofilms Extrusion Ltd

  • Martin Kaye

    Martin Kaye have provided us with employment and HR advice for several years and we have been very pleased with the level of service and quality of advice provided. We have no hesitation in recommending the team to any organisation which wishes to manage its employment related enquiries.

    D Wauchope, Company Secretary - McPhillips (Wellington) Ltd

  • Martin Kaye

    As a large employer of cleaning personnel, we require expert and prompt employment related advice. Martin Kaye's "ALPHA" service provides this in a clear and robust manner. We have been extremely impressed with the service and would thoroughly recommend them to any employer requiring expert HR & employment support.

    J Conry, Chairman - JPC Cleaning

  • Martin Kaye

    It is important for us to create a close relationship with our advisors. Martin Kaye's "ALPHA" HR service is excellent. It enables us to work closely with our lawyers particularly in the complex area of employment law.

    Johnny Hobeika, Operations Manager - Sanita (UK) Ltd

  • Martin Kaye

    ALPHA is an excellent, reliable, professional service which is an integrated part of our business that we could not do without.  This service is part of our structure and provides staff and business with the professional HR Support it requires - Invaluable

    Wendy Cox - Genvolt

Martin Kaye are rated 4.5 out of 5 based on 21 testimonials.