Legal battles loom on shared parental leave from fathers not getting equal benefits

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Javornik, J. and Oliver, Liz 2015. Legal battles loom on shared parental leave from fathers not getting equal benefits. The Conversation.
AuthorsJavornik, J. and Oliver, Liz
Abstract

Eight months after shared parental leave was introduced in the UK, there is fertile ground for litigation by fathers who are not being offered the same benefits by their companies as women on maternity leave.

The new shared parental leave scheme, introduced in April 2015, creates a total of 52 weeks of leave, 39 weeks of which is paid at the statutory rate of £139.58 a week or 90% of a person’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower. This can be shared between eligible parents upon the birth or adoption of a child. The existing maternity leave and pay schemes remain and any time or pay taken as maternity leave (two weeks of which is compulsory) is subtracted from the total available.

JournalThe Conversation
Year2015
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Web address (URL)https://theconversation.com/legal-battles-loom-on-shared-parental-leave-from-fathers-not-getting-equal-benefits-51623
Publication dates
Print14 Dec 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited19 Apr 2017
FunderUK Commission for Employment and Skills
Economic and Social Research Council
Universities Of Leeds
Commission for Employment and Skills
Economic and Social Research Council
University Of Leeds
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