Guidance for managers: Shared Parental Leave

The new Shared Parental Leave regulations are very complex and the University reserves the right to revise in light of future interpretation. These arrangements must be kept flexible to adapt and are not contractual.

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) enables eligible parents to choose how to share the care of their child (or in the case of multiple births or adoptions, children) during the first year of birth or adoption. Its purpose is to give parents more flexibility in considering how to best care for, and bond with, their child. All eligible employees have a statutory right to take SPL. There may also be an entitlement to some Shared Parental Pay (ShPP). This guide should be read alongside the Shared Parental Leave Procedure and Guidance and the process flowchart

  • Leave requests - includes guidance on what employees can request and the application and decision process
  • Keeping in touch - guidance on how to keep in touch with your employees
  • Returning to work - help your employees have a smooth return to work

There is a PDF version of the Managers guidance for Shared Parental Leave which is available for you to download and read. 

Further information

There is further guidance on the policy, procedures and guidances, forms and FAQs available on the HR Shared Parental Leave webpages. Please speak to your HR Business Partner/Advisor for anything further or to discuss your individual circumstances.