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Request to Vary a Period of Shared Parental Leave Template

Request to Vary a Period of Shared Parental Leave


This Request to Vary a Period of Shared Parental Leave form should be used by employees to vary a period of leave notice to take Shared Parental Leave. The new system of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) has been introduced in respect of children due on or after 5 April 2015 or due to be adopted on or after 5 April 2015. See also the other documents in the Shared Parental Leave suite of documents.

In order to take SPL, an employee must give the Company a written notice setting out the start and end dates of each period of SPL requested in that notice. The employee can vary his or her proposed SPL following the submission of a period of leave notice, provided that he or she gives written notice to vary the leave and makes clear what change he/she is seeking. Any variation must be made at least eight weeks before the dates varied begin.

A notice to vary booked SPL will count as a further notification. Therefore if the employee had originally agreed the leave as part of their first notice to book SPL, varying the leave would count as a second notification, meaning that, unless the employer gave them more they would only have one more notification to use any remaining SPL.

If the employee has already used up all of his/her notifications, the employer is under no obligation to agree to vary the leave but could still consider the request and decide whether it is reasonably practicable to grant it.

Instances where the employer proposes a variation to leave, and the employee is agreeable, would not count as a further notification and this should be confirmed in writing.

This Request to Vary a Period of Shared Parental Leave form is in open format. Either enter the requisite details in the highlighted fields or adjust the wording to suit your purposes.

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