If an employee takes shared parental leave with their partner, who is responsible for paying the employee's partner?
If an employee takes shared parental leave with their partner, it is the employer of the partner who is responsible for paying the partner.
An employee does not have a right to transfer entitlement to enhanced pay to their partner. For example, if a mother, who works for an organisation that pays enhanced contractual shared parental pay, takes shared parental leave with the child's father, who works for an organisation that does not enhance shared parental pay, the mother's employer will pay the mother in accordance with its policy, but the father will not receive enhanced pay for any period of shared parental leave. If the father is entitled to statutory shared parental pay for any period of shared parental leave (ie if the shared entitlement to statutory pay is not being used up by the mother), this will be paid by the father's employer.