Shared parental leave to be extended to grandparents

As you will have heard in the news and seen in the press the Government is planning to extend shared parental leave to include grandparents.

The idea is for the mother to return to work, so ending her maternity leave and for the grandparent to be given the opportunity to share the rest of the leave entitlement, as set out in the recently introduced shared parental leave.

A few points that have not been widely reported are that:

  • The aim is to introduce this in 2018
  • To be eligible the grandparent will need to be working.
  • There will be a consultation during 2016.


Mandy Brearley, MB HR Support