Note: Shared Parental Leave 2016: The number of eligible employees that made a request to take shared parental leave between 5 April 2015 and 5 April 2016. Working couples with babies due on or after 5 April 2015 can share the leave and pay remaining when a woman ends her maternity leave, as long as each parent qualifies for leave and pay in their own right. This XpertHR survey was conducted in May 2016.