Shared Parental Leave will allow eligible mothers, fathers, partners and adopters to choose how to share time off work after their child is born or placed for adoption. This could involve returning to work for part of the time and then resuming leave at a later date.
The shared parental leave and pay regulations came into force on 1 December 2014 and apply to eligible parents where a baby is due, or a child is placed for adoption, on or after 5 April 2015.
Acas has published guidance on the new regulations which also includes some useful template letters for both employers and employees. This information can be found here.