It has been announced that the Government plans to extend shared parental leave beyond parents, to grandparents. However, employers who may only just be getting used to dealing with shared parental leave requests and the complex regulations in this regard, need not worry just yet. Whilst this does seem to be on the Government's agenda, it is not likely to come into force until 2018, following consultation in 2016. Further, grandparents applying to take shared parental leave are likely to be subject to similar eligibility criteria as the current regime applies to parents.