Shared Parental Leave Top 5

Shared Parental Leave offers working biological and adoptive parents in England, Scotland, and Wales, increased work flexibility in the first year of their child’s life, from April 5 2015.

It replaces and improves on additional paternity leave, a maximum of 26 weeks leave that eligible dads and partner’s could take during the last 48 – 50 weeks of the 52 weeks of maternity leave, if the mother returns to work before it ends.

I am so thankful I found out about the session the NCT organised about it with Jo Swinson in December 2014; and even more that I was able to attend the session and learn about this very important entitlement.

Shared Parental Leave offers eligible working parents the opportunity to share:

  • up to 50 weeks off work in the first year of their child’s life, after compulsory maternity leave
(The first 2 – 4 weeks, depending on the mother’s job, is protected as compulsory maternity leave)
  • up to 37 weeks of pay during these 50 weeks
(The first 37 weeks of the 50 weeks)

As a first-time and working mum, below are the top 5 features of Shared Parental Leave that I really like. SPL Top 51. It gives more legal recognition to the importance of mums in the workplace and dads in family life.

2. Each parent can request for it in up to 3 different weekly blocks, or more if your employer agrees, during its qualifying period of a maximum of 50 weeks.

You don’t have to ask for the separate blocks of leave in a go but you must make your request(s) 8 weeks in advance.

It’s also good to note that if you put your request in for separate leave blocks at the same time, your employer might ask you to take them together (you still get to choose when you start).

3. Each parent can take (guess how many) …. up to 20 paid Shared Parental Leave In Touch (SPLIT) days in agreement with their employer!

So basically, with careful planning within the rules and subject to agreement with your employers, you could both work part-time during your Leave!

The SPLIT days are in addition to the maximum 10 paid Keep In Touch days that mums can choose to take during their Maternity Leave (Maternity Leave has to end before Shared Parental Leave can be taken).

4. Both parents can take it at the same time, after the first 2 – 4 weeks of birth and within the particular child’s first year.

If you want at least one parent to provide childcare within the first year of your child’s life, you might not want to take this option, and instead use accrued holidays for the times both of you want to be at home together with your child or children.

5. Both parents do not have to be eligible for Shared Parental Leave for the one who is, to take it.

For example, if one parent doesn’t quality for it because e.g. they don’t have a paid job etc, the one who meets the conditions for Shared Parental Leave can still take it.

You can find out more about Shared Parental Leave on the government’s website.

What do you like about the new Shared Parental Leave legislation? Do you have any questions about it?

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19 thoughts on “Shared Parental Leave Top 5

  1. This is all such a step in the right direction and grea for many families. Moving away from the idea that childcare is solely the mothers responsibility will mean so much to our daughter’s generation.
    We have our own business which comes with many flexible working benefits – though it also meant that I was working from hospital before and after my c-section!
    Very useful post!
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    • Thanks so much for dropping by, i really appreciate your comment. Shared Parental Leave is definitely a step in the right direction and it’s great to see the government doing more to reduce the gender inequality gap. O my … working before and after a c-section … I can’t even imagine that. Switching off is harder with self employment but you can’t beat the flexibility it offers. 🙂

    • Thanks Ali; I must say that whilst I know it’s not financially viable for everyone, I think it’s definitely better than what was there before. I’ll hopefully read yours sometime. Thanks for dropping by.

  2. Really interesting post and some useul info there as it is difficult to understand it and how it can work for you and I didn’t relaise that a) you can have it off at the same time, or that b) daddy may be able to have it if mummy isn’t working. Very interesting, thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays
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    • Thanks for your lovely linky and for dropping by. It too me a while to get my head around the new legislatio; it’s so important to understand it as much as possible, in order for one to be able to use it or not.

  3. Great post! I hadn’t thought about the legal recognition it offers to mums in the workplace and dads in the family, that’s such a good point! I also hadn’t heard about the split days, that sounds so good. Both working part time is the dream I reckon, best of both worlds for everyone . Thank you so much for linking up xx
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  4. Great post. I hadn’t read much about Shared Parental Leave as I’m a Stay at Home Mum so it isn’t something we would use. I do love the flexibility of it though and I think it could make a huge difference to many families.

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