Shared Parental Leave (SPL)

SPL is a legal entitlement for eligible parents of babies due, or children placed for adoption, on or after 5 April 2015.

It provides both parents with the opportunity to consider the best arrangement to care for their child during the child’s first year.

The regulations give parents the right to take SPL and place a duty on employers to ensure that their employees are not penalised for using their entitlement or put under pressure to cancel/change a leave notification.

Last updated: 17 July 2019