Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) provides working parents with greater flexibility and choice over how they deal with their childcare responsibilities by allowing them to share statutory leave and pay for the first year after the birth or adoption of a child, provided they are eligible.  
The Shared Parental Leave Regulations came into force on 1 December 2014 and include provisions relating to entitlement, the amount of leave available, when and how leave may be taken, pay during leave, notification of entitlement and requests for leave, and working during leave. The Regulations set out how these provisions apply to both birth and adoptive parents. The UCEA Briefing, which summarises these key aspects of SPL, has been updated and now includes commentary on relevant case law, and clarification on SPL for adoptive parents.

Shared Parental Leave – UCEA Briefing – May 2018


Shared Parental Leave - a UCEA Briefing

An example scenario

Further to the UCEA Briefing, institutions may find the following illustration of a SPL notification useful:

Shared parental leave and pay - an example scenario

Shared Parental Leave survey - March 2016

This survey was undertaken by UCEA to provide members with an updated review of Shared Parental Leave and Shared Parental Pay policies almost a year after the change was introduced; however, institutions should bear in mind that recent case-law will clearly not be reflected in the survey information provided.

The Pension Implications of Shared Parental Leave (USS)


USS - implications for shared parental leave

Additional Guidance 

BEIS has developed a range of on-line guidance which institutions may find helpful:

An ACAS guide has been published advising on good practice.

Page last updated 29 May 2018