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Shared Parental Leave and Pay - What do I do if I have a change of circumstances?

Shared Parental Leave was introduced together with Statutory Shared Parental Pay on 5 April 2015 as part of the Government’s policy package aimed at encouraging shared parenting from the earliest stages of pregnancy and adoption.

What do I do if I have a change of circumstances?

You may be able to cancel your decision to end your shared maternity or adoption leave early in exceptional circumstances if both the following apply:

  • The planned end date hasn’t passed

  • You haven’t already returned to work

and one of the following must also apply:

  • Within eight weeks of you (mother) submitting notice to end maternity/adoption leave, you find out that neither you or your partner qualifies for SPL or SSPP

  • You (mother) gave notice to end leave before the birth and not  less than six weeks after the birth

  • Your partner dies (if you are the mother of child).

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