Up to 50 weeks’ shared parental leave can be shared between the parents. The amount of shared parental leave that the parents can take between them is 52 weeks, minus the amount of maternity leave taken by the mother. The compulsory maternity leave period is reserved for the mother, therefore the mother cannot end her maternity leave until two weeks after the birth. A partner can begin a period of shared parental leave at any time from the date of the child’s birth. All leave must be taken within the first 52 weeks following the birth
Employees can choose to take Shared Parental Leave if they’re eligible and they or their partner end their maternity or adoption leave or pay early. The remaining leave will be available as Shared Parental Leave. The remaining pay will be available as Shared Parental Pay.
Shared Parental Leave can be taken in up to 3 separate blocks:
If an employee is eligible and they or their partner end maternity or adoption leave and pay (or Maternity Allowance) early, then they can:
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