Editor's message: A mother will be able to reduce her statutory maternity pay period and share the untaken pay with her partner, or the child's father, as statutory shared parental pay. Similar provisions apply for parents who are adopting a child.
For employers that provide enhanced maternity pay, whether or not to enhance pay for employees on shared parental leave is a key decision. It is expected that take up of shared parental leave will increase significantly only if employers provide enhanced pay to fathers who take it.
Susie Munro, senior employment law editor
Updated to include information on Snell v Network Rail, which is the first case to consider shared parental leave.
Updated to include information on Snell v Network Rail, in which the employment tribunal considered the employer's policy on enhanced shared parental pay.
Employers that enhance shared parental pay are twice as likely to receive shared parental leave requests as those who offer the statutory rate, according to XpertHR research.
Employers that enhance shared parental pay are twice as likely to receive shared parental leave requests as those that offer the statutory rate, according to research released by XpertHR Benchmarking.
The statutory rate of pay for employees on shared parental leave. It is subject to the employee's average earnings meeting the lower earnings limit.
Updated to provide a reminder that the rate of statutory shared parental pay is not rising in April 2016.
Grandparents will be able to take shared parental leave under plans announced yesterday at the Conservative Party conference.
According to latest XpertHR research, HR supports shared parental leave "in principle", but it is concerned that the new right is complex to administer.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to shared parental pay.