• International Workplace
  • 20 June 2018

Grandparental leave plans put on hold

Plans to introduce grandparental leave, which would have extended shared parental leave to grandparents, have been put on hold.

The proposed changes, which were planned to be implemented this year, were announced by the Conservative Government back in 2015, and involved extending the current system of shared parental leave – which allows a total of 52 weeks off – to cover grandparents as well as a child's mother and father.

Families would also be allowed to split statutory shared parental pay – which is £139.58 a week or 90% of average weekly earnings, whichever is lower.

The Conservatives said the policy would particularly benefit single mothers who, without a partner to share leave with, would be able to do so with one of their child's grandparents, and the option would allow parents to return to work more quickly if they wanted to.

However, it is understood that the plans have been put on hold while the government evaluates the Shared Parental Leave policy in general, the findings of which are expected to be published next year.