To start shared parental leave (SPL), the mother must first give up her entitlement to any maternity leave or pay, or maternity allowance. To do this, the child's mother must either return to work or give their employer a written notice to say that they'll return.
The notice must be given at the same time that she gives notice to take SPL or statutory shared parental pay (SSPP).
The type of notice will differ depending on whether the mother is entitled to receive maternity leave or pay, or maternity allowance.
If the mother is entitled to maternity leave
The notice must state the date that her maternity leave will end. This must be on a date that's at least:
If the employee is not entitled to maternity leave but can receive statutory maternity pay
The notice must state the date that her statutory maternity pay will end. This must be on the last day of a week that's at least:
If the mother is entitled maternity allowance
The notice must be given to the Department for Work and Pensions, stating the date that her maternity allowance will end.
This must be on a date that's:
You should ensure that your employee provides you with a copy of their notice.
The child's mother can cancel her notice by giving written notice to you, but only if one of the following applies:
An employee can also cancel SPL before her child is born or if her partner dies if she has given you notice to end her maternity pay or maternity allowance. This must be provided before the date given in that notice, as long as the employee gives you (or for maternity allowance, the Department for Work and Pensions) their notice to cancel within 6 weeks of the child's birth or within a reasonable time of her partner's death. Note that this cancellation right does not apply to adoptions.
The process to end maternity leave and pay also applies to adoption leave and pay.
In this article, any references to the following can be substituted in this way: