Shared Parental Leave Policy
Shared parental leave is available to parents with babies due on or after 5 April 2015. It is also available to adoptive parents where the child is being placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015.
Shared parental leave enables mothers to commit to ending their maternity leave and pay at a future date and to share the untaken balance of leave and pay as shared parental leave with their partner, or to return to work early from maternity leave and opt in to shared parental leave at a later date.
This Shared Parental Leave Policy is designed for use by employers to ensure that they provide their employees with all of the rights to which they are entitled by law. There is an optional clause for employers offering more than the statutory entitlement. There is a full range of Shared Parental Leave documents in the Shared Parental Leave documents subfolder.
Ordinary parental leave is unaffected by this change and is not addressed in this policy. Please see the separate Parental Leave Policy.
This Shared Parental Leave Policy contains the following sections:
- Aims of the Policy
- Shared Parental Leave Entitlement
- Notice Requirements for Shared Parental Leave
- Requesting Further Evidence of Eligibility
- Booking Shared Parental Leave
- Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP)
- Terms and conditions during Shared Parental Leave
- Contact during Shared Parental Leave (Shared Parental Leave in Touch days)
- Returning to work after Shared Parental Leave
In 2018, the Government plans to introduce shared grandparental leave to allow a mother to share her leave with one nominated working grandparent.
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