Shared Parental Leave Policy
1. DWP is committed to being a good modern employer and to offering
family friendly employment policies that support business needs. This
approach supports employee motivation and work life balance. It also helps
retain talented employees.
2. Using Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Shared Parental Pay (ShPP),
employees who are having a baby or adopting a child may be able to:
share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay, if they
meet the eligibility criteria;
share the pay and leave in the first year after their child is born or
placed with their family for adoption;
use SPL to take leave in blocks separated by periods of work, or take
it all in one go. Employees can also choose to be off work together or to
stagger the leave and pay
To get SPL and ShPP, the employee and their partner need to:
meet the eligibility criteria
give notice to their employers
3. This policy and related procedure apply to all employees who meet the
eligibility criteria (length of service and economic activity) for SPL as set out
in the Shared Parental Leave Procedure. Each parent will need to qualify for
leave and pay in their own right. This policy applies to births where the
expected week of childbirth begins on or after 5 April 2015 and to adoptions
where a child is placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015.
4. Employees who have transferred into DWP via a TUPE or COSoP
transfer and have not adopted DWP’s terms and conditions will normally be
entitled to Shared Parental Leave and pay under the terms of their previous
employer’s contract. They should check their Measures letter for further
5. The following principles and values underpin this policy:
protection – retained protection for pregnant women and mothers
immediately before and after childbirth.
flexibility – increased flexibility for employers and employees giving a
choice on how employment and caring is shared between parents.
simplicity – straightforward procedures, easy to access and manage.
shared responsibility – a system more balanced between genders
that allows negotiation of leave patterns between employer and working
6. Further information and advice about SPL is available in the Shared
Parental Leave Procedure, Advice and Being a Parent Tools.