Smiling like Sunshine: Shared Parental Leave

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Shared Parental Leave


From April 2015, parents will have greater choice over how they share time off work to care for their child. Shared Parental Leave allows working couples to share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay in a way that suits their work and family needs. For example, parents can take time off together or they can tag team, stopping and starting leave and returning to work in between if they wish.
I think this is a very modern approach from the government in terms of gender equality. I was not working when I had my babies. My husband was working long hours and he did not even had the chance to take any days off with our first baby. He really was not happy about it as he missed on this special bonding time. Children grow up so fast and those early months are just so precious.
Therefore a shared parental leave will  enable both parents to use share the time off as it suits to their needs.The flexibility of the regulations means that parents can use the 50 weeks of leave as they need it: At the same time or seperately. 
This flexibility will also allow for a special time for the whole family. If mum needs to go back to work, dad can take over and this will make mum's return to work much smoother for everyone.
In my home country,Turkey, mothers only have 3 months of maternity leave. I wish they also adapt this approach that will benefit both mums and dads.
For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/sharedparentalleave

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