Shared Parental Leave
The aim of Shared Parental Leave is to give parents greater flexibility in how they care for their child during the first year. Eligible parents will have the right to share up to 52 weeks leave to care for their child (minus the period that the mother has spent on maternity leave) and up to 37 weeks shared parental pay.
There is no provision for Shared Parental Leave to be submitted via the HR School Support system however if you receive a request from an employee you should contact you Senior HR School Support Officer who will take you through the process step by step.
What Is Shared Parental Leave
- Employees generate an entitlement to shared parental leave (SPL) if the mother brings her maternity leave to an end early. The balance of any leave and pay remaining becomes available to the parents as SPL, to be split between them as they choose.
- Employees will be eligible to take leave if they have a sufficient period of service and their partner satisfies the minimum employment and earnings criteria.
- Employees have to give 8 weeks notice of their intention to opt-in to SPL and of any subsequent request for leave.
- When a couple initially opt in, they are required to give a non-binding indication of how they are intending to take their SPL.
- Employees are entitled to give up to 3 notifications of SPL (or changes to SPL), unless the organisation is willing to allow more requests.
- SPL must be taken within 52 weeks of the child’s birth.
- 20 “keeping in touch” days will be available to each parent during shared parental leave, in addition to maternity leave “keeping in touch days”.
- The right to return to the same job will apply to employees returning from any period of leave that includes maternity, paternity, adoption and SPL that totals 26 weeks or less, even if the leave is taken in discontinuous blocks.