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Parents of children due/placed for adoption on/after 5 April 2015 Shared parental leave: Eligible parents will be able to share some or all of a mother/adopter’s remaining maternity/adoption leave and pay as ShPL and pay. ShPL replaces additional paternity leave. Action: Finalise new policies setting out the process for taking ShPL and pay.  Also, make changes to existing maternity, paternity and adoption policies.
Ensure managers understand how to deal with requests for discontinuous leave and ShPL rights in a redundancy situation.

5 April 2015

Adoption leave: Adopters will be entitled to time off work to attend pre-adoption meetings. In addition, adoption leave will become a ‘day one’ right, with no qualifying service, and adoption pay will be enhanced to 90% of pay for the first 6 weeks. Parents fostering a child under the ‘Fostering to Adopt’ scheme will be eligible for adoption leave (and ShPL), as will eligible surrogate parents. Action: Update adoption leave policies to reflect the changed entitlements.

5 April 2015

Other parental leave: The period within which ‘ordinary’ unpaid parental leave can be taken is to be will be extended. Parents will be able to take such leave at any time up to the child’s 18th birthday, rather than before the child’s 5th birthday. Action: Update parental leave policies to reflect the change.
Proposed date: April 2015 Tribunal recommendations: Government plans to remove Tribunals’ power to make ‘wider recommendations’ in discrimination cases. Will still be able to make recommendations that a party take specified steps to obviate or reduce the adverse effect of discrimination on the claimant but not a recommendation aimed solely at reducing adverse effect on other people. Action: Not guaranteed to happen. Watch for further developments
5 April 2015

Adoption leave

Adoption leave entitlement will be adjusted to bring it into line with maternity leave and extended to parents through surrogacy. Prospective adopters will also qualify for leave to attend adoption meetings (five appointments (paid) for ‘primary’ adopter; two (unpaid) for ‘secondary’ adopter).
Employment Rights Act 1996, as amended by Children and Families Act 2014. Also supplementary regulations.
Not before 1 October 2015
(no date fixed)
Caste discrimination: Equality Act to be amended to cover caste discrimination. Action: Watch for developments. May need to amend policies in due course 

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