Note: Shared Parental Leave 2016: The extent to which employers agree or disagree with the following statement: 'Shared parental leave has proven less costly for my organisation than expected.' Working couples with babies due on or after 5 April 2015 can share the leave and pay remaining when a woman ends her maternity leave, as long as each parent qualifies for leave and pay in their own right. This XpertHR survey was conducted in May 2016.