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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 calculating entitlement to shared parental leave is less straightforward than for other types of leave, as the amount of shared parental leave your employee is entitled to will depend on how much leave his or her partner has already taken, or plans to take.

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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