If a baby is due on or after 5th April 2015, mothers will be able to share maternity leave and pay with their partners. Working partners will have a right to share 50 weeks and take at least 3 blocks of leave before the baby’s first birthday. They will be able to take the shared parental leave separately or together.
The mother and partner must comply with the shared parental leave procedures and have responsibility for caring for the child.
The partner can be: the child’s father, the mother’s husband or civil partner at the time of the birth, or a partner who lives with her and the child in an ‘enduring family relationship’.
An employee must have been continuously employed for 26 weeks up to an including the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth and still be employed in the week before any shared parental leave is due to start. They must have earned not less than the lower earnings limit.
The other partner must have been employed or self-employed for a total of 26 weeks, not necessarily continuously, in the period of 66 weeks leading up to the week of expected childbirth and must have earned an average of £30 a week (as of 2015) in 13 of those 26 weeks, not necessarily continuously.
Step 1: The mother needs to either give at least 8 weeks’ notice that she wishes to shorten her maternity leave or return to work. If the notice is given before the baby is born, the mother is allowed to change her mind up to six weeks after the birth.
Step 2: The mother and partner must the give their employer a ‘notice of entitlement’ that they intend to take shared parental leave and give the following information:
Step 3: The mother and partner must give at least 8 weeks’ notice to their employer before they actually take a block of shared parental leave, including proposed leave dates and division of pay. The leave must be taken in blocks of at least one week and cannot start until the baby is born.
Each partner has the right to take three blocks of shared parental leave and can withdraw or vary a notice to take the period of leave up to three times.
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