All eligible employees, including same sex couples, adoptive parents and surrogates are entitled to Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) if their baby is due on or after 5 April 2015 or they adopt a child on or after 5 April 2015. There is a two-stage test for eligibility for shared parental leave;
In order to be eligible for SPL, the mother (or primary parent) MUST;
Once the mother (or primary parent) passes the eligibility requirements above, then she or he will be able to end maternity leave and choose to take shared parental leave with a partner, who must also meet the relevant eligibility requirements.
The partner does not have to be the biological father of the child to be eligible for SPL.
A partner must;
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