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Shared Parental Leave: in a nutshell

Much has been made of the new Shared Parental Leave (SPL) rights which will be available for parents whose child is either born or placed after the 5 April 2015. So the million dollar question is, what does it mean for employers and parents?

Many of you may be familiar with the current statutory and parental rights which are broadly made up of maternity, paternity and adoption rights and the unpaid parental leave regime. The new SPL rights will essentially allow mothers and fathers to share leave.

What remains the same?

  1. Compulsory maternity and paternity leave for mothers and fathers (2 weeks);
  2. The qualifying service requirements for employees: to have been continuously employed for a period of not less than 40 weeks before the Expected Week of Childbirth (EWC);  and
  3.  Length of leave (52 weeks) will remain the same (39 paid and 13 unpaid).  

So in a nutshell the changes will be: 

  1. Parents adopting children will be entitled to statutory payments;
  2. The new right is more flexible, a mother or primary adopter can either return to work or curtail leave without sacrificing the remainder of their leave (providing the appropriate notices are given correctly) and
  3. It will be possible for both parents to take SPL concurrently.

Employers will need to ensure that previous policies relating to maternity, paternity and adoption rights and the unpaid parental leave are updated to include the complex provisions of the SPL regime.

Keep ahead of the curve by attending our free seminar “Shared Parental Leave: in a nutshell” from 10am to 12 noon at York Science Park on 27 April 2015 to register attendance please contact us on 0113 350 4030 or at hello@scesolicitors.co.uk.


Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here.

Samira Cakali

Samira Cakali is a pragmatic and approachable solicitor advocate with extensive contentious and non-contentious experience in the fields of employment law as well as civil litigation, within a range of commercial businesses from SME’s to multinationals as well as senior executives.

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