Shared parental leave – an employer’s guide

Shared parental leave - an employer's guideShared parental leave and pay is available to parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015.

It allows women to curtail their maternity leave to enable their partner to take shared parental leave (SPL).

Parents can share 50 weeks’ leave and 37 weeks’ pay, with similar rules for adoptive parents. Here we present in-depth guidance on SPL for employers.


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