Who is eligible?

Shared Parental Leave can only be used by two people:

  • The mother/primary adopter and;

One of the following:

  • the father of the child (in the case of birth)or;
  • the spouse, civil partner or partner of the child's mother/ primary adopter.

Both parents must share the main responsibility for the care of the child at the time of the birth/placement for adoption.

Mothers of babies due and adoptive parents who are matched on or after 5 April 2015 may be able to bring their maternity/adoption leave to an end early (in the statutory regulations this is called “curtailment”) and convert the balance of the leave into Shared Parental Leave. This leave can then be taken by either the mother/primary adopter or father/secondary adopter or in some cases, the mother/primary adoptive parent’s husband or partner. The leave must be taken in blocks of at least one week (they must be whole weeks).

There are different qualifying arrangements for the pay and leave. We recommend all employees check the government eligibility calculator. Please note that this should just be used as an eligibility calculator and not for pay purposes as the University has an enhanced pay scheme for those that are eligible.

Qualifying arrangements for pay and leave

If you are Mum/Primary Adopter and an employee of the University

In order to check your eligibility please use the government eligibility calculator. Please note that this should just be used as an eligibility calculator and not for pay purposes as the University has an enhanced pay scheme for those that are eligible.

Pay

To qualify for the University Shared Parental Pay (and statutory Shared Parental Pay) you as the mother/primary adopter must:

  • meet the continuity of employment test (see below)
  • have normal weekly earnings for a period of eight weeks ending with the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth of at least the lower earnings limit for national insurance contribution purposes;
  • share primary responsibility for the child with the other parent at the time of the birth or placement for adoption
  • be absent from work and intend to care for the child during each week in which you receive University Shared Parental Pay. This means that you should do no paid work other than SPLIT days, during a period of Shared Parental Leave; and
  • be entitled to statutory maternity/adoption pay/maternity allowance in respect of the child, and the maternity pay period has been reduced.

In addition, for you to be eligible for University and statutory Shared Parental Pay, your partner must:

  • meet the employment and earnings test (see below)
  • share primary responsibility for the child with you at the time of the birth or placement for adoption

Leave

To qualify for leave you as the mother/primary adopter must have:

  • a partner
  • be entitled to either statutory maternity/adoption leave
  • have curtailed, given notice to reduce your maternity/adoption leave or returned to work before the end of your statutory maternity/adoption leave
  • be an employee of the University of Exeter
  • share primary responsibility for the child with the other parent at the time of the birth or placement for adoption
  • have properly notified the University of your entitlement, intention to take leave and the period of leave, providing all the necessary declarations and evidence
  • passed the continuity of employment test (see below)

In addition, for you as the mother/primary adopter to be eligible your partner must:

  • meet the employment and earnings test (see below)
  • share primary responsibility for the child with you at the time of the birth or placement for adoption
Continuity of employment testEmployment and earnings test
Employee has worked for the University for at least 26 weeks at the end of the 15th week before the child’s expected week of birth (qualifying week)/the week in which the adopter is notified of having been matched (qualifying week) and is still employed by the University in the week before the start of each leave period. In the 66 weeks leading up to the baby’s expected week of birth/week in which the adopter is notified of having been matched, the person has been an employed or self-employed earner for all or part of (e.g. part time) at least 26 weeks and earned an average of at least £30 a week in any 13 weeks in Great Britain.

If you are Dad/Partner and an employee of the University

In order to check your eligibility please use the government eligibility calculator. Please note that this should just be used as an eligibility calculator and not for pay purposes as the University has an enhanced pay scheme for those that are eligible.

Pay

To qualify for University Shared Parental Pay (and statutory Shared Parental Pay) you as the partner must;

  • meet the continuity of employment test (see below)
  • have normal weekly earnings for a period of eight weeks ending with the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth of at least the lower earnings limit for national insurance contribution purposes;
  • share primary responsibility for the child with the other parent at the time of the birth or placement for adoption
  • be absent from work and intend to care for the child during each week in which you receive University Shared Parental Pay

In addition for you to be eligible for the University and statutory Shared Parental Pay the mother or primary adopter must;

  • meet the employment and earnings test (see below)
  • share primary responsibility for the child with you at the time of the birth or placement for adoption
  • be entitled to statutory maternity/adoption pay/maternity allowance in respect of the child and the maternity/adoption pay/ leave and or allowance period has been curtailed

Leave

To qualify for leave you as the partner must:

  • have a partner
  • meet the continuity of employment test (see below)
  • share primary responsibility for the child with the other parent at the time of the birth or placement for adoption
  • comply with the relevant Shared Parental Leave notice and evidence requirements
  • be an employee of the University of Exeter

In addition, for you to be eligible for the leave the mother or primary adopter must:

  • meet the employment and earnings test (see below)
  • share primary responsibility for the child with you at the time of the birth or placement for adoption
  • be entitled to statutory maternity leave or pay/adoption leave or pay/maternity allowance in respect of the child
  • comply with the relevant maternity leave or pay curtailment requirements or have returned to work before the end of the statutory maternity leave
Continuity of employment testEmployment and earnings test
Employee has worked for the University for at least 26 weeks at the end of the 15th week before the child’s expected week of birth (qualifying week)/the week in which the adopter is notified of having been matched (qualifying week) and is still employed by the University in the week before the start of each leave period. In the 66 weeks leading up to the baby’s expected week of birth/week in which the adopter is notified of having been matched, the person has been an employed or self-employed earner for all or part of (e.g. part time) at least 26 weeks and earned an average of at least £30 a week in any 13 weeks in Great Britain.