Respond to an employee's request to take shared parental leave and pay where the employee is the child's mother

Key points

  • The notice requirements for employees who wish to take shared parental leave and pay are complex. Employers should put in place procedures for dealing with such requests.
  • An employee must curtail her maternity leave, or return to work, before she can take shared parental leave. She must also provide her employer with a notice of entitlement and intention to take shared parental leave and a period of leave notice, within the required time frame.
  • Similar notice requirements apply for statutory shared parental pay.
  • Employees can request either a single block of leave or discontinuous periods of leave. The employer can reject the leave pattern requested in some circumstances.

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