Family Leave Policy Changes – April 2015

April sees a number of changes to family leave policies we would to make you aware of. Please contact us if you require clarification on any of the points below or if you wish us to ensure your policies are up to date.

Shared Parental Leave

Shared parental leave (SPL) is a new, more flexible system for parents to take paid time off in their child’s first year. It will be available to parents of children due to be born or placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015.

Antenatal and pre-adoption appointments

From 5 April 2015, employees and qualifying agency workers who are adopting a child will be entitled to take time off to attend adoption appointments to meet the child they intend to adopt or for any other purpose connected to the adoption.

Adoption leave and pay

From 5 April 2015, adoption leave and pay will match entitlements available to birth parents, so that:

  • the current requirement for 26 weeks’ service before becoming entitled to adoption leave will be removed
  • adoption pay will be increased to 90% of salary for the first 6 weeks.

Unpaid parental leave

From 5 April 2015, the right to Parental leave will be extended so that parents can take the leave up to a child’s 18th birthday. Parental leave can be taken for up to 18 weeks in total for each child. Employees are eligible for parental leave if they have at least one year’s service and have, or expect to have, responsibility for a child. They must give at least 21 days’ notice of their intention to take parental leave.

Statutory rates of pay

From 5 April 2015, the standard rate of maternity pay, paternity pay, adoption pay and shared parental pay is £139.58 per week. The statutory sick pay rate will increase to £88.45 per week.

From 6 April 2015, the limit for a week’s pay when calculating redundancy pay will increase to £475.

 If you need advice on any of these issues, then we can help

27 Harvine Walk, Norton, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 3BQ

Tel: 01384 823835


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