Shared Parental Leave (SPL) encourages parents to share the joy of parenting and bond with their child, while keeping in touch with the workplace.

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This year the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are focussing on informing parents and employers of the practical aspects of taking SPL, as well as exploring the benefits for families and the workplace.

Why take Shared Parental Leave?

    1. Bond with your baby in their first year.
    2. Split leave in a way that works for both of you.
    1. You’ll never forget your baby’s firsts. With Shared Parental Leave, you can both be there for those special moments.
    2. Shared Parental Leave is not just for birth parents. Adoptive parents and parents having a child through a surrogate can also take Shared Parental Leave.

Shared Parental Leave is a government campaign to encourage more parents to ‘share the joy’ of looking after their baby in the first year, narrowing gender stereotypes and giving women the option of returning to their careers earlier.

Parents can take their leave in a flexible way, sharing up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay.

They can be off work together for up to six months or alternatively stagger their leave and pay so that one of them is always at home with their baby in the first year.

Find out how you and your partner could share the leave: https://bit.ly/2I7wPu9

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