Couples with a baby due, (or adopting a child) will now be able to take advantage of the new regulations that allow them to share maternity leave.
After two weeks’ maternity leave (or four weeks if the mother is employed in factory work), the couple will be able to split the remaining 50 (or 48) weeks’ maternity leave. This can be split in any way they like, but must be taken in whole week periods.
Both partners must meet with the eligibility requirements. The mother must have been employed continuously for at least 26 weeks by the end of the15th week before the due date. The partner must have worked for at least 26 weeks at some point (not necessarily consecutively), during the 66 weeks before the due date.
Statutory Minimum Entitlements
90% of salary for the first six weeks. £139.58 a week, or 90% of average earnings, whichever is lower for the following 33 weeks. The final 13 weeks’ leave entitlement is unpaid.
All requests for Shared Parental Leave require a minimum of eight weeks’ notice from the employee, prior to the first day of the leave requested.