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Shared Parental Leave
Any employee who is expecting a child on or after the 5th April 2015 will be interested in the details of the new Shared Parental Leave (SPL) Regulations that have now come into effect. (This is not to be confused with the existing unpaid parental leave entitlement which will remain!)

SPL will replace the current additional paternity leave entitlements – although those will still apply to those people expecting a baby or adoption placement before 5th April (irrespective of the actual date of birth/ placement.)

Unfortunately it is very complicated and if a mother decides to curtail her maternity leave, the remaining leave and pay can be shared between the two parents. They can apply to take it in up to 3 separate blocks and can even take the time off together rather than in turn if they wish. There are some stringent notification requirements and the first applications for SPL will start to appear in February. If you need further advice and documentation to help you through this, it is available from Cherington HR.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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