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Shared Parental Maternity Rights, New 2015 Laws.

In December this year, fathers have earned rights to take a leave of absence from work if a child was recently conceived in their family. Prior to December, only mothers had this right.

Post April 2015, employers are required to offer parental leave for any child for up to 50 weeks, instead of a father’s typical assigned work off, which is a fortnight.

Fathers will have to use holidays for maternity.
In an effort to bring forth a much more equal division of childcare, parents are now allowed to choose how they can split their paternity leave. Prior to this change, a survey conducted by Mumsnet concluded that roughly 39% of fathers were to use their paid leaves to support their partner in taking care of their new baby.

This new legislation is expected to be taken advantage of by one in every three expecting fathers. These fathers can expect up to 50 weeks of leave, and up to 39 weeks of paid leave which can be split between in any fashion. This is of course, excluding the mandatory 2 week leave required by the mother. The message has finally been received by the right people, and has resulted in this new legislation.

Share parenting rights.
However, these new rights have put thoughts into the mind of the fathers and employers. Employers will need to consider the effect on their workforce, while the fathers need to understand the consequences it may have on their careers and reputation. Especially when it requires several months leave. No one can expect a shift in attitude towards such matter, but may be something that will take time.

Despite the evidence, the Scandinavian model show that shared parenting rights can become the norm when businesses and the government work together. There is a term in Sweden, Norway and Iceland ‘Daddy quote’ that means a certain percentage is left for fathers, at which they are paid 80% of their original salary.

An individual from one of Norway’s largest employment associations mentions that the effect of such a change would be positive. Specifically, ‘strengthens the man’s position in the family and the woman’s in the workplace’.

However, the new laws can only make so much a difference on their own. The government requests that employers welcome the new legislation and take steps towards this change, by making aware of their rights, as well as changing their notice periods to their advantage to make sure they are welcomed back as an employee while maintaining their right as a parent.

This, in turn, will allow employers to benefit from a system where they can continue to employ talented women, and at the same maintain a productive and motivated team of staff.

Why choosing the right solicitors is important.

Solicitors are individuals who have legal expertise in several related legal subjects. At some point in your life you will need some legal advice or expertise to help you sign deals that require extensive legal knowledge to understand.

This is especially important if the deal involves large amounts of money or real estate, a solicitor will provide legal backup to not only negotiate the terms of agreement, but also ensure everything is legally fine.

Many often overlook legal matters, but they can be quite complex from time to time. For example, a job applicant, once offered a job, will need to sign a legal document accepting the terms and conditions of working at a job. For a regular individual, the document can contain legal information that is difficult to understand. By hiring a solicitor, he/she will explain the legal terms in a way that you can understand. This will ensure you’re well informed before signing the agreement between you and the employer.

History is filled with cases where an individual agreed to terms without fully understanding them, it often turns to a big mess and legal implications. There are several examples showing why you shouldn’t leave out your solicitor from any legal related issue. When considering a solicitor, there are several important factors to take into consideration before you choose one for your case. These factors are mentioned below.

Zeal to work
Believe it or not, there are lazy solicitors who always look for the shortcut and at times will do nothing but sit at their office accomplishing nothing. An ideal solicitor should be eager and prepared to visit and assist you when there are any legal issues, or information is needed.

Cost of service
The cost of the solicitor’s services is one of the things you must ask about, asking how much the overall estimate of his/her services for a specific case is a good start.

Effectiveness and experience
The solicitor’s history and background is the most important factor when it comes to performance, effectiveness, and most importantly, success. If a solicitor has previously handled cases similar to yours and was successful, there is a good chance that he/she will succeed with you.

Their language
Communication is a crucial factor to a good relationship with your solicitor, if the solicitor does not speak your language, the chances of success will be reduced. There are many examples where a language barrier is present, where the results are less than satisfying. The effectiveness of a solicitor will be lacking if the communication is shaky.