CIPD comments on shared parental leave proposals

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has welcomed the renewed commitment from government to proceed with their plans for shared parental leave.

Following a consultation to which the CIPD responded earlier this year, Jo Swinson MP, the Minister for Employment Relations, has confirmed that both mothers and fathers will be able to use additional ‘keep in touch’ or KIT days to support more flexible returns to work following the birth of a child. 

According to the CIPD, this is a welcome move but just one of the ways in which employers will need to adapt their approaches to workforce planning in order to keep up with the rapidly changing nature of work.

Mike Emmott, Employee Relations Adviser at the CIPD, comments: “The world of work is changing faster than ever before. In order to attract the diverse pools of talent required to succeed, employers increasingly recognise they need to offer more flexible ways of working. These proposals will allow mothers and fathers significant flexibility to come up with arrangements for shared parental leave that match their particular circumstances.

“For this to work for the benefit of both employers and employees, it will be essential that parents discuss their preferred pattern of working with their employer in good time, so that employers are able to anticipate what they need to do in response.”

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