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Legal advice: Can Shared Parental Leave be divided equally?

I want to take some time off once my wife has given birth, but my manager says I cannot do this as my wife, who works for the same employer, is taking maternity leave. Is he right?

Question: I want to take some time off once my wife has given birth, but my manager says I cannot do this as my wife, who works for the same employer, is taking maternity leave. Is he right?

In a nutshell, no. Since Shared Parental Leave (SPL) regulations kicked in last April, mothers can share their maternity leave entitlement with their partners.

SPL can be taken by both parents together, or by one followed by the other, or in some other combination. Eligibility criteria include: the mother being eligible for maternity pay or leave, both parents sharing caring responsibility for the child, and having worked for the employer for at least 26 weeks by the 15th week before the due date. The total amount of leave available is 52 weeks. The mother must take at least two weeks off after the birth, leaving up to 50 weeks

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