Shared parental leave applies to babies due on or after 5 April 2015 and children placed for adoption on or after that date (including surrogacy). Eligible employees will still be able to take one or two weeks’ ordinary paternity leave within the first 56 days following the child’s birth. Regulation 4 of the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2014 provides that an employee cannot take ordinary paternity leave if he or she has already taken a period of shared parental leave in relation to the same child. This means that you can choose to take both ordinary paternity leave and shared parental leave, but the period of ordinary paternity leave must come first.
ACAS – Paternity Leave and Pay
GOV.UK – Shared Parental Leave Calculator
GOV.UK – Shared parental leave and pay
Citizens Advice – Parental Rights at Work
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