Regulations 6 and 22 set out how many weeks of shared parental leave (birth) and shared parental leave (adoption), respectively, are available to a claimant or claimants.
The provisions on giving notices to request periods of leave, how those notices are to be treated, how they may be varied, and the limit on the number of notices are set out in regulations 12 to 16 for shared parental leave (birth) and in regulations 28 to 32 for shared parental leave (adoption).
Regulations 18 and 33 set out when an employer may require an employee to take a period of shared parental leave (birth) or shared parental leave (adoption), respectively, in the event of a change of circumstances.
Part 4 sets out the provisions on employment and earnings that must be satisfied by a claimant and the person with whom the claimant will be caring for the child.
Part 5 contains provisions applicable in relation to shared parental leave (birth and adoption). Those provisions include the ability to undertake work during a period of shared parental leave (regulation 37), additional redundancy protections (regulation 39), the right to return to work after a period of shared parental leave (regulation 40), and protections from detriment and dismissal attributable to the fact that a claimant took or sought to take shared parental leave (regulations 42 and 43).
The Schedule contains provisions modifying the regulations in various cases where a claimant, the person with whom the claimant was caring for the child, or the child, dies or an adoption placement is disrupted.
These Regulations are part of a package of legislative measures and the relevant impact assessment is the relevant impact assessment is the Modern Workplaces: shared parental leave and pay administration consultation impact assessment
which was published in February 2013. A copy of that impact assessment can be obtained from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Labour Market Directorate, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET. Copies have also been placed in the libraries of both Houses of Parliament.
The Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 are available to download here