Introducing Joe Young, Dad on SPL (Shared Parental Leave) and his Shared Parental League, putting some friendly competition into great parental leave policies.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Joe and his lovely daughter in the City. Joe is in the final months of shared parental leave from his role at a London law firm. The aim of our meeting? To collaborate on our shared vision of banishing the gender pay gap to the annals of history (such that when my son and his daughter are grown up they will wonder what the fuss was all about). Underpinning this vision is the need for organisations to adopt truly robust ‘Shared Parental Leave’ Policies. Ones that aim to support both parents (where there are two) to have the experience of being the primary caregiver for an extended period of time… on proper pay.
The good news? Many organisations are starting to do just that!
As well as being the primary care giver for the last several months of his daughter’s first year, Joe has been analysing and tracking the #sharedparentalleave policies of various organisations in his Shared Parental League on LinkedIn. You can check out the current leader board below:
There has been a welcome increase of late in companies introducing enhanced SPL enhanced pay, over and above statutory SPL pay.– Joe Young ‘Dad on SPL’
However, behind the fanfare with which these policies are being announced lies a number of flaws with some of these policies. These nasty flaws in your firm’s policy could seriously affect your ability to share leave with your partner.
Many of the flaws are because firms are “equalising” their SPL policies to their maternity leave policies. This sounds great, but in practice the “equalising” approach creates barriers to men accessing the full benefit of a firm’s SPL policy.
At the Juggling Act we are thrilled to see companies being highlighted in a positive way, for doing the ‘right things’ rather than shamed for not measuring up. It also provides a bit of friendly competition by encouraging others to join in.
You can follow Joe’s adventures and insights via his blog https://www.dadonspl.co.uk/ or follow him on Instagram @dadonspl
The Juggling Act Working Parents Programme is registering between now and the end of the year. The 2-day workshop portion of the programme will be on the 2nd & 3rd of April 2020. We will be running several in-house programmes for clients in between.
The April Programme is open to delegates (any current or expectant parent – bio or non-bio) from all organisations and sectors and takes place at the Century Club in Soho.