He said: "The period of unpaid parental leave
will be extended from the current entitlement of 18 weeks to 22 weeks.
In introducing shared parental leave
, we have taken significant steps to support parents to do this, but all too often it is still mothers, not fathers, who shoulder the burden of childcare.
Looking at both cases the Court of Appeal was asked to consider whether the failure to match pay in the case of share parental leave
to the level of maternity pay amounted to sex discrimination.
Sweden was the first to establish a shared parental leave
format in 1974, 41 years before the UK.
Under current legislation, fathers get a maximum of two weeks paid parental leave
and must use it within the first 56 days after their child is born.
This shouldn't be the case at all; by openly talking about parental leave
, and helping staff understand all the options available to them, employers have the power to completely overturn many of the anxieties that new parents face.
The automaker's EMEA parental leave
policy is a pilot scheme that could possibly lead to a global roll-out of a similar paid parental leave
policy for all 43,000 Volvo Cars employees around the globe.
As an article by the Federal Times explains, paid parental leave
lessens the likelihood of infant mortality, mental health issues and health complications as parents have time to recuperate from birth and/or form bonds with their child.
Alongside these market benefits, a gender neutral parental leave
will also break stereotypes.
How much parental leave
is the employee allowed to take at any one time?
It added that only 4% of councils in England and Wales have parental leave
policies as of summer 2017, according to research by the Fawcett Society.
A recent report by the BBC confirmed that the take-up of shared parental leave
may be as low as 2%, prompting a government campaign to promote it.