If an employee is eligible and they or their partner end maternity or adoption leave and pay (or Maternity Allowance) early, then they can:
- take the rest of the 52 weeks of leave (up to a maximum of 50 weeks) as Shared Parental Leave (SPL)
- take the rest of the 39 weeks of pay (up to a maximum of 37 weeks) as Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP)
A mother must take a minimum of 2 weeks’ maternity leave following the birth (4 if she works in a factory).
ShPP is paid at the rate of £145.18 a week or 90% of an employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower.