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Staff feel ‘cynical’ about employers’ approach to shared parental leave

Supposedly generous shared parental leave (SPL) offerings are leaving staff disillusioned because they come with too many caveats, an academic has discovered while researching the landmark family-friendly policy.

SPL, which was introduced in April 2015, allows new parents to share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay between them following the birth of a child.

However, some couples who spoke to Dr Katherine Twamley, a social sciences fellow at University College London (UCL), during the course of her research on the topic said they had been left feeling “cynical” after it transpired their employers’ SPL deal was not as good as it appeared on the surface – such as “offering enhanced SPL pay but only in the first six months”.

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July 12, 2018

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