28 / 10 / 2014 9.56am
Shared Parental Leave (SPL) is a new legal entitlement for eligible parents of babies due, or children adopted, on or after 5 April 2015.
ACAS has recently released its Shared Parental Leave: a good practice guide for employers and employees and produced a suite of letters and a sample template Shared Parental Leave policy.
SPL allows parents to share any outstanding maternity/adoption leave entitlement that the mother opts out of, in order to opt into SPL. Unlike maternity/adoption leave, eligible parents can work between periods of leave with each parent able to submit at least three periods of leave.
For eligible NHS staff, occupational maternity/adoption leave and paternity leave will remain unchanged. Where a mother or adopting parent chooses to opt into SPL, they will be eligible for any outstanding statutory maternity/adoption pay which can be shared with their eligible partner.
One of the key decisions that employers locally will need to make over the coming weeks will be whether or not to offer enhanced occupational shared parental pay. Currently there are no immediate plans nationally to amend the NHS terms and conditions of service to offer enhanced occupational shared parental pay.
For further information, please visit the ACAS website. In addition, the CIPD website has a useful and succinct factsheet on SPL.