The Career Dad Show
Dad on SPL, with Joe Young
Jan 20, 2020 · 33 min
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Shared Parental Leave - where the mum is able to give up some of her maternity leave to her partner - became a legal right in 2015. In theory, this made it much easier for dads to take additional leave from work and spend time with their child.

5 years on, and the take-up rate is pretty low. Like, 2% low. So if dads want to spend more time with their kids (hint: they do), and the law has changed to allow this (it has), and employers are offering it (they are)... what's the problem?

In this episode, Joe Young - Associate at Pinsent Masons - talks about his experience of taking 6 months Shared Parental Leave. As a high-flying litigation lawyer in The City, I wanted to find out how difficult it was for him to make this decision. How did the firm take it? What about his clients? And - most importantly - how did it go?

Make sure to check out Dad on SPL for more on Joe!


  1. The ins and outs of Shared Parental Leave
  2. Companies winning in this space
  3. Equality in the workplace
  4. Filling the time for 6 months
  5. Being the only dad in the class
  6. Stopping work for 6 months
  7. Clients' reaction to SPL
  8. How businesses need to adapt to stay relevant

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