Parents can share their maternity and paternity leave from 5 April 2015. The new system of shared parental leave will be available to parents of children due to be born or placed for adoption with them on or after 5 April 2015. Those eligible employees will be entitled to a maximum of 52 weeks' leave and 39 weeks' statutory pay upon the birth or adoption of a child, which can be shared between the parents.
For more than 30 years, Sweden has offered workers the right to shared parental leave. No productivity issues, no disasters. What it has done though is help create greater equality in Swedish workplaces, as well as in the other Scandinavian countries that have adopted the approach. From 5 April 2015, the UK will try to catch up.