Staff Handbook

Variations to Arranged Shared Parental Leave You may vary or cancel an agreed and booked period of SPL, provided that you notify your line manager in writing at least 8 weeks before the date of the variation. Any new start date must be at least 8 weeks after the date of the variation request. This means that should you wish to return to work earlier than previously notified, you must give at least 8 weeks’ notice of your new date of return to work. Any variation or cancellation notification you make, including any notice to return to work early, will usually count as a new notification reducing your right to book or vary leave by one (as noted above, you may make up to 3 notifications in total). However, a change as result of a child being born early, or as a result of the Company requesting the change and you being agreeable to the change, would not count as a further notification. Holiday and Shared Parental leave Your entitlement to holiday continues as normal during SPL. It is important, therefore, that you plan when you will take your holiday before you start your leave. It may be in your best interests to take your holiday entitlement for the current holiday year before you start SPL, particularly where the end of the holiday falls during SPL or shortly after you are due to return from SPL. You should make your request for holiday through your line manager in the normal way. Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) You may be entitled to up to 37 weeks’ ShPP whilst taking SPL. The number of weeks available will depend on the amount by which the mother/adopter reduces their maternity/adoption pay period or maternity allowance period. ShPP may be payable during some or all of SPL, depending on the length and timing of the leave. In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements for SPL (see above), you must satisfy each of the following conditions to be eligible for ShPP: • the mother/adopter must be/have been entitled to statutory maternity/adoption pay or maternity allowance and must have reduced their payment period for that entitlement; • you must intend to care for the child during the weeks in which ShPP is payable; • you must earn a weekly average of at least the Lower Earnings Limit for National Insurance Contributions; • you must remain in continuous employment until the first week of ShPP has begun; and • you must give notification as set out below.


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