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A number of government departments issue their changes to regulations twice a year, on the common commencement dates (CCDs) 6 April and 1 October, though some ad-hoc changes can occur throughout the year. See what’s coming up in the year ahead. April 2015 Shared parental leave Employees who are the parents of children born on or after 5th April 2015, will have the right to request shared parental leave and pay. The new rules work by a couple being allowed to share some of the mother’s entitlement to maternity leave by opting into shared parental leave (SPL). As the law