Shared Parental Leave

Information on new leave and pay rights for parents of babies due or children being placed for adoption on or after 5th April 2015.

  • Shared parental leave – sharing leave with a partner or splitting up leave

    Shared Parental Leave (SPL) is a new right for parents which may allow you to: Share leave with a partner, and/or Split up periods of leave. How much and when? Parents can take up to a maximum of 50 weeks as SPL, and a maximum of 37 weeks of Shared Parental Pay (ShPP). You can […]

  • Options for Shared Parental Leave (SPL) – partner/father

    Partner/father takes Shared Parental Leave The partner/father needs to have worked for the same employer throughout the pregnancy (or for 26 weeks before being matched for a child). The mother/other adopter needs to meet the looser employment and earning conditions, and must end their maternity leave/Maternity Allowance or Statutory Maternity Pay early. That can be done either […]

  • Mothers and Shared Parental Leave

    Why take Shared Parental Leave? What’s in it for me; Top tips for mothers This is a guest article by YESS law with help from Working Families and Maternity Action. Employed mothers remain entitled to 52 weeks statutory maternity leave (SML) and 39 weeks statutory maternity pay (SMP). If eligible for SPL, the mother can choose […]

  • Shared parental leave for fathers, partners and adopters (including surrogate parents)

    As part of SPLASH (Shared Parental Leave advice on sharing), Working Families have contributed additional information on shared parental leave and pay for fathers, partners and adopters, including surrogate parents. Have you heard about your right to request flexible working? Watch our film to find out more.

  • Notice of entitlement and intention to take Shared Parental Leave

    If you have checked your eligibility for Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and decided that you intend to take some SPL, the first step is to give your employer a notice of entitlement, which states that you are eligible, and gives your employer an indication of how much you might take and when. This notice is […]

  • Where to find more information about Shared Parental Leave

    A great source of information on Shared Parental Leave (SPL) is the ACAS website. There you will find a downloadable ‘good practice guide’ for employers and employees, and a useful chart of the SPL process. On gov.uk you can find an overview of SPL, who is eligible, and how to give notice.  You can also find a tool that will […]

  • Options for Shared Parental Leave (SPL) – Mother

    Mother takes Shared Parental Leave A mum can take Shared Parental Leave (SPL) if she wants to break up her leave and take some of it at another time. This can be useful, because otherwise you can’t split up maternity leave, apart from a few days when you can work (Keeping in Touch Days). You would […]

  • How to take Shared Parental Leave (SPL) – notice and booking

    How to take Shared Parental Leave – notice and booking To take Shared Parental Leave (SPL) you have to: Give your employer written notice that you are entitled, and how much you intend to take (this isn’t binding, but gives your employer an indication). Separately, you would then need to give at least 8 weeks’ notice of […]

  • Some examples of Shared Parental Leave

    1)      Both parents entitled Nabeela and Jonathan are both teachers who have worked for their employers for over six years. They decide that initially Nabeela will take maternity leave of 12 weeks, starting a month before the due date, and Jonathan will take his ordinary paternity leave of 2 weeks when the baby is born. […]