Shared Parental Leave Explained for Employers and Employees
25th September 2019Elizabeth Hughes0 Comments.3 minutesPayroll
Shared Parental Leave was created to give more flexibility to parents during the first year following birth or adoption. Though new parents can still take individual maternity and paternity leave, SLP affords more choice for childcare arrangements.
How does Shared Parental Leave work?
Employed new mums can take up to 52 weeks of maternity leave, and 39 weeks Statutory Maternity Pay. With SPL, they have the option of transferring leave and pay to their partner, which he or she can take as SPL.
Who is eligible for Shared Parental Leave?
The easy version is that if you’re eligible for maternity leave and pay, then you’re probably able to get shared leave and pay. The other main factor is that you have someone with whom to share the leave. There are restrictions on who this can be, such as a husband, wife, civil partner, the other parent, or a cohabiting partner.