If an employee submits three separate notices requesting three separate periods of shared parental leave, can the employer refuse the requests?

If an employee submits three separate leave notices requesting three separate periods of shared parental leave, ie one period of continuous leave per notice, the employer cannot refuse the requests. An employer must allow employees to take a period of leave on the dates requested where the period of leave notice requests one continuous period of leave and the notice has been given at least eight weeks before the leave is due to start. An employee can submit a maximum of three separate period of leave notices.

However, if the employee submits one period of leave notice requesting discontinuous leave over three periods, eg two weeks' leave beginning on 1 May, four weeks' leave beginning on 1 July and two weeks' leave beginning on 1 November, the employer can refuse the employee's request.