Shared Parental Leave and Pay

Key Points

  • Up to 52 weeks of Shared Parental Leave is available for eligible mothers, partners (including the child’s father), adopters and intended parents in a surrogacy arrangement.
  • Up to 39 weeks of Shared Parental Pay is available.
  • An eligible mother must curtail her maternity leave, maternity pay or maternity allowance so that the balance is converted into Shared Parental Leave and/or Pay.
  • A mother and her partner can take time off to care for a child together, or a mother can return to work after compulsory maternity leave, allowing her partner to take the remaining leave as Shared Parental Leave.
  • Each member of a couple must fulfil an ‘employment and earnings test’ to allow the other to take Shared Parental Leave and/or Pay. 
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