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What contractual pay is offered to mothers* on maternity leave?

22 weeks’ paid leave at 100% of average weekly earnings (inclusive of SMP);

A further 17 weeks’ paid leave at statutory maternity pay, or, if less 90% of average weekly earnings.

The remaining period is unpaid.

A suite of LifeWorks & Inclusion services & Discovery Family Forum for new parents (Maternity/ Paternity coaching, backup child & elder care etc)

What contractual pay and leave is being offered to fathers/other parent who opt to take SPL?The father/other parent may be entitled to 3 weeks paternity leave at 100% of normal earnings (inclusive of SPP). S/he may be entitled to enhanced pay at 100% (inclusive of SSPP) of up to 22 weeks.
Does contractual pay have to be repaid if the employee does not to return?No
Will entitlement to SPL be reduced according to SML already taken?Yes, in accordance with the law, the maximum period of leave per “couple” is 52 weeks
Is your contractual Shared Parental Pay reduced by the number of weeks of SMP received by the mother?No
Can SPL be taken from day one of employment?Yes, in accordance with statute, however enhanced Shared Parental Pay (and enhanced maternity pay) requires minimum service of 1 year at the Qualifying Week
Is it tied to the date of the child’s birth?No, it is tied to the mother’s maternity leave date
Are there any limitations on how SPL can be taken ie minimum continuous block?No, leave is granted according to  law
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?

Via our intranet and focus groups with our Discovery Family Forum

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

We will provide support and guidance to employees who opt to take this leave and to their line managers

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 do not yet know what the expected uptake is likely to be.

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

We do not yet know how parents might like to take this, but we will aim to support their choices as a family friendly employer.