King & Wood Mallesons

What contractual pay is offered to mothers* on maternity leave? 26 weeks full pay then 13 weeks SMP then the rest is unpaid
What contractual pay and leave is being offered to fathers/other parent who opt to take SPL? As above minus any maternity leave taken by the mother
Does contractual pay have to be repaid if the employees does not to return? No
Will entitlement to SPL be reduced according to SML already taken? Yes
Is your contractual Shared Parental Pay reduced by the number of weeks of SMP received by the mother? Yes
Can SPL be taken from day one of employment? No
Is it tied to the date of the child’s birth? No
Are there any limitations on how SPL can be taken ie minimum continuous block? No
Do you incentivise certain patterns of leave? No
Do you offer a bonus on return from SPL if minimum period it taken? No

*or primary adopter

How are you communicating and encouraging people to take SPL?

The new policy was communicated to all London staff on 1st May and is highlighted when people join the firm as part of our induction which showcases various people policies.

Can you describe what wider cultural changes needed to support SPL are being implemented?

We have a very open culture but there is a need to better highlight the suite of options/programmes available to working parents and profile those that are taking/have taken SPL to show others how it might work for them.

What do you expect take up of SPL amongst fathers to be? Have you surveyed your employees about SPL and uptake?  Other surveys have shown that mothers may be unwilling to relinquish maternity leave: have you detected similar?

We did a straw poll of fathers who took Paternity Leave in the last 12 months. The majority said they would like to have taken more time off, around 4-8 weeks if the leave was paid. Indications are that fathers would be more interested in taking time off towards the end of their partner’s maternity leave.

Do you have any insight into how parents might like to take SPL? Which is best for your business in terms of planning?

We’re taking a flexible approach with regard to business planning, but ask that employees wishing to take SPL give as much notice as possible in order that we give them an optimum level of support.