Shared Parental/Adoption Leave is designed to give parents more flexibility in how to share the care of their child in the first year following birth or adoption.

Shared Parental Leave and Pay is in addition to Statutory Paternity Pay and enables eligible mothers, fathers, partners and adopters to choose how to share time off work after their child is born or placed for adoption.

This could involve returning to work for part of the time and then resuming leave at a later date.

Shared Parental Leave and Pay

Parents may be eligible to get Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) if you’re having a baby or adopting a child.

SPL and ShPP allows mothers to end maternity leave/pay early so that one or both parents can take leave in a more flexible way during the baby’s first year.

Full details of eligibility, how to claim and what you will receive are available from GOV.UK.

Further information on SPL/ShPP are available from:

Adoption Pay and Leave

If you’re adopting or having a child through surrogacy, you may be entitled to 52 weeks’ leave from work if you’re an employee.

If you’re adopting as a couple, only one person can get adoption leave. The other may be able to get paternity leave or shared parental leave.

Full details of eligibility, how to claim and what you will receive are available from GOV.UK.

Further information on Adoption Pay and Leave are available from ACAS and Citizens Advice.

Unpaid Parental Leave

In addition to SPL/Statutory Adoption Leave all parents who have worked for their current employer for at least one year are entitled to unpaid parental leave. You are also entitled to a reasonable amount of unpaid time off work to deal with an emergency involving a dependant.

Full details of Parental leave are available from GOV.UK.

Further information on Unpaid Parental Leave are available from ACAS and Citizens Advice.

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