If an employee takes shared parental leave with his or her partner, who is responsible for paying the employee's partner?

If an employee takes shared parental leave with his or her partner, it is the employer of the partner who is responsible for paying the partner.

An employee does not have a right to transfer entitlement to enhanced pay to his or her partner. For example, if a mother works for an organisation that pays enhanced contractual pay to employees on shared parental leave and she takes shared parental leave with the child's father, who works for an organisation that does not enhance shared parental pay, the mother will be paid by her employer in accordance with its policy, but the father will not receive enhanced pay for any period of shared parental leave that he takes. If the father is entitled to statutory shared parental pay for any period of shared parental leave (ie if the shared entitlement to statutory pay is not being used up by the mother), this will be paid by his employer.