Qualifying new parents have had the opportunity to share the balance of the mother’s 52 weeks of statutory leave and 39 weeks of statutory pay as shared parental leave and shared parental pay, after the mother opts to end her maternity leave and pay early.
Shared parental leave can be taken at any time in the first year following the child’s birth or placement for adoption.
The pattern of leave must be agreed between the employer and employee, with eight weeks’ notice required.
Shared parental leave can be taken in one go, or in up to three separate blocks of leave. If their employer agrees, the employee can split a block of leave into shorter periods of at least a week.
Statutory Shared Parental Pay (SSPP) is paid at the statutory rate or 90% of an employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower.
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