Can We Learn From Industry?
Organisations with 250 staff or more are being urged to publish their shared parental leave on their websites to improve transparency and encourage competition on pay. “So what?” you may say, “we are not a big business”. Very true, but it’s also possible that your own staff are unaware of Shared Parental Leave and how it works and finding out could be a benefit to them.
There is an innate taboo about asking one’s employer about legal benefits – a reluctance to seem pushy.
Once you discover an employee is pregnant, it doesn’t hurt to sit down and ask if they are aware of Maternity and Shared Parental Leave rights.
Only 2% of eligible parents have taken up the scheme since it was introduced in 2015, according to https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/government-launches-shared-parental-leave-campaign-just-2-take/figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.