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The Royal Bank of Canada


What contractual pay is offered to mothers* on maternity leave?10 weeks full pay < 52 weeks service at the 15th week before EWC, 20 weeks full pay > 52 weeks service at the 15th week before EWC
What contractual pay and leave is being offered to fathers/other parent who opt to take SPL?10 weeks full pay < 52 weeks service, 20 weeks full pay > 52 weeks service.
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?If by contractual this means RBC enhanced pay then no. However, this would reduce if the Mother worked for RBC and had taken a period of maternity leave and then opted into the SPL scheme.
Can SPL be taken from day one of employment?Employees must have been employed by RBC for 26 weeks up to and including the 15th week in which the baby is due to be born or in the case of adoption, 26 weeks in the week in which the employee is notified of having been matched with a child.
Is it tied to the date of the child’s birth?Yes
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?

People manager training sessions have taken place to raise awareness and understanding

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

Not applicable – we consider RBC to have a culture that supports both SPL and other family-friend initiatives.

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 anticipate the take up of SPL to be high amongst Fathers however, all queries to date have been raised by male employees.  We have not surveyed employees but yes, during the training sessions a common theme was that mothers may not want to return early and share the period of leave available

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

No, not at this time. What works will vary from team to team depending on the skill set, expertise and demands of the role