New initiatives introduced by the government mean that if you have a baby due on or after the 5th April 2015, then you may be entitled to Shared Parental Leave (SPL).
This means that you and your partner – providing you are both eligible – will be able to share a combined allowance of parental leave.
An example – as outlined on gov.uk – would be a mother and her partner who are both eligible for SPL. If the mother ended her maternity leave after taking just 12 weeks, there would be 40 weeks remaining from the original 52 week entitlement. This remaining leave can now be split between the mother and her partner, meaning the mother could take another 30 weeks of leave, and her partner could take the other 10 weeks.
SPL only applies in England Scotland and Wales. In order to be eligible for Shared Parental Leave, a person must share care of the child with either:
– Their husband, wife, civil partner or joint adopter
– The child’s other parent
– Their partner (if that partner lives with them and the child)
It is also worth noting that the person, or the person’s partner, must be eligible for Maternity Pay or Leave, Maternity Allowance, or Adoption Pay or Leave, as well as having been employed for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the child is due.
Their partner must have been working for at least 26 weeks, and have earned at least £30 a week on average in 13 of those 66 weeks.
For further eligibility requirements, or for more information on Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP), you can visit the government’s official page about it here.