Shared Parental Leave (SPL) 5 April 2015

The new system of shared parental leave will be available to parents of children due to be born or placed for adoption with them on or after 5 April 2015.  This new piece of legislation aims to provide parents with greater flexibility in terms of the time they take off following the birth or adoption of their child.

Eligible employees will be entitled to a maximum of 52 weeks’ leaveand 39 weeks’ statutory pay upon the birth or adoption of a child, which can be shared between the parents.

Employers should be considering what they need to do next in light of current policies and procedures.

  • Have you updated your policies?
  • Will you be paying the statutory minimum amount or will there be enhanced rates for employees taking SPL?

There is no statutory obligation requiring employers to provide any enhancement to statutory shared parental pay.  As a result, as an employer, you may decide to only offer the minimum, statutory form of pay.  However, there are other factors that require your consideration and where enhanced maternity pay is offered, it may be considered discriminatory not to enhance SPL .

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