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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.

  • Can I be dismissed or discriminated against if I take SPL?

    Right not to be disadvantaged You have a right not to be put at a disadvantage by your employer – “not to be subjected to any detriment” as the law puts it – because of an SPL-related reason. So your employer cannot disadvantage you because you have taken SPL or have sought to take SPL, […]

  • Your rights during shared parental leave

    While you are on shared parental leave, you continue to benefit from all of your rights and benefits (except remuneration) as though you were at work. You can read our article on shared parental leave and pay to help you work out what kind of pay you can get while on shared parental leave. This […]

  • SPL – In a nutshell

    1. There is no change to the existing provisions for maternity leave and pay. The only difference is that the mother can choose to give up some maternity leave and/or pay so that her partner (and/or she) can take shared parental leave (SPL). 2. There is no extra leave or pay for couples The new […]

  • Pay for parents taking Shared Parental Leave

    For information on the basics of shared parental leave (SPL), including who is entitled, how much leave you can take, and how the system works, see Shared Parental Leave: Nuts and Bolts and Top Tips. This information is based on the birth of a child but it also applies to couples who are adopting a child. […]

  • Shared Parental Leave for Parents using adoption or surrogacy

    Shared Parental Leave for adoptive parents If you are adopting with your partner, and you meet the conditions of entitlement, you can take SPL. You and your partner can decide how to share this in the same way as other parents. There is a two week period of compulsory adoption leave. Where a couple are […]

  • Shared Parental Leave – are you entitled to it?

    Are you entitled to Shared Parental Leave? Your family might be able to use SPL if you are expecting a baby with your partner, or you’re expecting a child to be placed for adoption with you and your partner, and at least one of you is employed. The rights apply to mothers and fathers, married […]

  • SPL – Nuts and bolts and top tips

    Shared parental leave (SPL) allows employed parents and adopters to share leave and pay with their partner to care for children from birth until their first birthday. Employed mothers remain entitled to 52 weeks statutory maternity leave and 39 weeks statutory maternity pay (SMP) or maternity allowance. The mother can choose whether to transfer some […]

  • Shared Parental Leave – Key facts

    1. There is no change to the existing provisions for maternity leave and pay. The only difference is that the mother can choose to give up some maternity leave and/or pay so that her partner (and/or she) can take shared parental leave (SPL). 2. There is no extra leave or pay for couples. The SPL […]

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

    Shared Parental Leave (SPL) is a 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 take […]

  • When your employer offers you a job less paid (or with less responsibilities) – Parental Rights and Demotion FAQs

    I/ I’m due to return from maternity or shared parental leave but have been refused my old job back because of a reorganisation. I’m being offered an alternative role but the only job being offered is very much lower in status and responsibilities. Should I take it? What can I claim? II/ I’m due to […]