Shared Parental Leave

Launch date 1st December 2014

Employers, the law is changing!

Your staff may be entitled to Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) if:

  • Their baby is due on or after the 5th April 2015
  • They adopt a child on or after the 5th April 2015

Until 4 April 2015 fathers may get additional paternity leave and pay instead.

SPL and ShPP must be taken between the baby’s birth and first birthday (or within 1 year of adoption).

Employees can start SPL if you they are eligible and they or their partner end maternity or adoption leave or pay (or Maternity Allowance) early. The remaining leave will be available as SPL. The remaining weeks of pay will be available as ShPP.

Employees can share the leave with their partner if they’re also eligible for SPL, and choose how much of the leave each will take.


A mother and her partner are both eligible for SPL. The mother ends her maternity leave after 12 weeks, leaving 40 weeks (of the total 52 week entitlement) available for SPL. She takes 30 weeks and her partner takes the other 10 weeks.

SPL also lets employees suggest a flexible pattern of leave. Employees have the right to take SPL in up to 3 separate blocks but as an employer you can agree to more. You may also split each block into several shorter periods of work and leave.

SPL and ShPP are only available in England, Scotland and Wales.

For more information on these changes please contact Simpla HR