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Shared Parental Leave - Case law update

Just by way of an update following my recent post on the uptake of shared parental leave. 

In the workshop we were also discussing whether there had been any case law with respect to shared parental leave and the fact potenitally this could be direct discrimination on the grounds of sex.

Here is such a case hot off the press:

https://www.employeebenefits.co.uk/issues/june-online-2017/tribunal-rules-in-favour-of-father-in-paid-paternity-leave-discrimination-case/

As ever the ET decision is based on the particular facts of the case and first instance tribunal judgments are not binding, which means another tribunal hearing a similar case can reach a different conclusion this is discriminatory or not.

Do you think this will mean your organisation will be amending its enhanced maternity policy as Network Rail did following their recent shared parental leave case?  It would be interesting to hear your thoughts.

All the best Sarah

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