Paul Quartly: Shared parental leave a big step forward

The creation of truly shared parental leave will be among the most important milestones towards achieving an equal career platform for all.

Employers should embrace this as a progressive change, but be aware that it brings new challenges in communication, organisation and trust.

It’s important for the individual and the business that care is taken to develop a successful handover, ensuring any concerns are brought into the open, resources allocated appropriately and disruption minimised.

As the government focuses on greater flexibility for new parents, the business case for managing leave effectively is clear.

Paul Quartly is client services director at Bright Horizons