Calls for self-employed to have shared parental leave

Posted 28th September 2017 in For Businesses For Workers

Self-employed parents may be entitled to shared leave if the government changes its stance on the policy.

Shared parental leave was introduced in 2015, which allows parents to share 50 weeks of leave following the birth of a child. At present, the legislation does not cover those who are self-employed but this may be about to change.

The Taylor Review has recommended the government consider looking again at whether men and women could share leave.

Nat Whalley, of the Organise Platform, told the Telegraph it is vital for the government to support the Taylor Review’s recommendation.

“Self-employed dads are shut out of any parental benefit, leaving mums to take care of all the childcare. Under the current laws it’s financially damaging for self-employed dads to spend any time at home with their children,” she added.

“Gender equality should be a fundamental right, not an optional extra for those in traditional employment.”

It is expected the Department for Energy, Industry and Business will respond before the end of the year.

A recent survey from the Parental Pay Equality revealed 56 per cent of self-employed couples felt the women’s businesses had suffered following childbirth, and 75 per cent would take advantage of shared leave.

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