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- The employers: A large multi-site manufacturing firm (Beth’s employer) and a local vehicle repair centre (Vince’s employer)
- The employees: Beth is a Financial Controller. She has worked for her company for three years. Her partner, Vince, is a mechanic and he has worked for his employer for 18 months.
- The issue: Dealing with a continuous shared parental leave request.
- The employers: A marketing and adverting agency (Ruth’s employer) and a large agricultural business (David’s employer)
- The employees: Ruth, a senior Client manager who has worked for the company for almost 5 years and her partner David, a Farm manager, who is responsible for maintenance of a large estate. He has been with his company for 10 years
- The issue: Dealing with a discontinuous shared parental leave request.
|Note for employers|
Both of these scenarios demonstrate that discussion between parties before formal requests are made can often be very helpful in ensuring that a solution is found which accommodates all needs, including those of the employer. As a new area of employment legislation, and one where estimates of likely demand vary, employers will encounter a variety of different requests and it is important that HR professionals are aware of the many potential ways in which individuals can request to take shared parental leave and that they take care to check entitlement to leave and pay, and the type of leave (continuous or discontinuous) the employee is requesting to take.