In a couple of my interviews, Shared Parental Leave was one of the hot topics that was discussed.
Shared Parental Leave (SPL) is a fairly new right that gives mothers, fathers, partners and adopters a chance to share time off work after a child is born.
It is compulsory for mothers to take two weeks off after birth of a child and from there they can cut their maternity leave short or exchange for shared parental leave with their partner.
Shared Parental Leave gives parents the flexibility to share out up to 50 weeks of leave and even lets parents take leave in blocks instead of all in one go.
However, Trades Union Congress (TUC) says that two in five fathers in work will not be eligible for shared parental leave, mainly because their partner is not in paid work. Parents must make sure that they are eligible for Shared Parental Leave
SPL must be taken between the baby’s birth and first birthday or within one year of adoption.
If you are thinking of choosing Shared Parental Leave, click here to check to see if you’re eligible and for more information on how to apply.
And for more guidance go to the Acas website.