What contractual pay is offered to mothers* on maternity leave? 12 weeks full pay (enhanced SMP) plus 27 weeks SMP
What contractual pay and leave is being offered to fathers/other parent who opt to take SPL? 2 weeks compulsory maternity pay or 2 weeks paternity (full pay) followed by 10 weeks enhanced Statutory Shared Parental Pay)
Does contractual pay have to be repaid if the employees does not to return? No
Will entitlement to SPL be reduced according to SML already taken? Yes
Is your contractual Shared Parental Pay reduced by the number of weeks of SMP received by the mother? Yes
Can SPL be taken from day one of employment? Yes
Is it tied to the date of the child’s birth? As long as the child is born on or after 5 April 2015
Are there any limitations on how SPL can be taken ie minimum continuous block? Yes – we don’t allow discontinuous periods of leave
Do you incentivise certain patterns of leave? No
Do you offer a bonus on return from SPL if minimum period it taken? No but we do provide the option of ‘phase back’ to those returning having taken a minimum of 1 month SPL.  Phase back is full contractual pay but on reduced hours with guide that this is 1 x week per month of absence.

*or primary adopter

How are you communicating and encouraging people to take SPL?

We have a proactive Parents and Carers network who are promoting the policy as are our Maternity Team.

We have plans to promote more broadly through our in house magazine once we havae some case studies to promote and bring this to life.  Case studies are in hand – currently the father’s are on SPL so this will be prepared when they return.

Can you describe what wider cultural changes needed to support SPL are being implemented?

We aren’t aware of any that are required – the businesses impacted to date have been very supportive of the change and of supporting their employees take SPL.  RBS already has a very flexible culture and has a positive culture around taking time off to support families.

What do you expect take up of SPL amongst fathers to be? Have you surveyed your employees about SPL and uptake?  Other surveys have shown that mothers may be unwilling to relinquish maternity leave: have you detected similar?

We haven’t surveyed but we have already had interest and to date we have 4 fathers who have elected to take SPL.  We haven’t detected anything about mothers not being willing to relinquish their maternity leave.

Do you have any insight into how parents might like to take SPL? Which is best for your business in terms of planning?

So far all fathers who have requested the time off have done so to take in the first 10 weeks after the 2 weeks paternity leave.  This works well for our businesses if the time off is in one block as it allows for workload planning.