Shared parental pay

Susie Munro

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

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