Earlier this year, new Shared Parental Leave legislation came into force in the UK, giving parents, partners and adopters the flexibility (and equality!) to decide who will care for their child in the first year of his or her life.
The changes mean that 'maternity' cover can now be split between the mother and the father, giving them the chance to either take time off together to care for their child (beyond the current two weeks paternity leave that is currently available to fathers), or split the leave so that the mother can return to work, allowing the father to spend additional quality time bonding and caring for their child. Also, for the first time, those adopting a child are entitled to the same rights as other parents to Shared Parental Leave.
Whenever new legislation comes into force, there are always questions that need answering. To save you hunting around the web looking for answers, GoToMeeting have put together this brilliant infographic that gives you all the information you need on Shared Parental Leave.