Shared parental leave - introduced on 6 April 2015 - gives qualifying new parents and their partners the right to share their statutory leave following the birth or adoption of a child. It gives new parents greater flexibility in how they share the care of the child.
The child's mother must have returned to work, ending her maternity leave early with some of her leave remaining. She can then exchange her remaining maternity leave and pay for Shared parental leave and Shared parental pay. She can share the leave and pay with the child's father, her partner or the co-adopter, providing that the other person also qualifies.
This good practice guide from Acas will help employers and employees understand Shared parental leave and pay, who qualifies and how to manage absences due to Shared parental leave.