Shared parental leave

Susie Munro

Editor's message: Shared parental leave is available where the mother curtails her maternity leave before taking her full entitlement. The remaining leave can be shared between the mother and her partner, or the child's father. So parents have up to 50 weeks to take between them as shared parental leave, after the mother has taken two weeks of compulsory maternity leave. They can take it in turns to take periods of leave, or can both be on leave at the same time. Couples who are adopting a child can also take shared parental leave.

Susie Munro, senior employment law editor

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