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The University of Sunderland recognises the challenging demands on parents balancing work and childcare. This policy and procedure is designed to give parents more flexibility in how to share the care for, and bond with, your child in the first year following birth or adoption.

hared Parental Leave and Shared Parental Pay are entitlements for parents of children due to be born or adopted on or after 5 April 2015.

To access these benefits you must have a partner who shares responsibility for your child, and one of you must commit to bring your Maternity or Adoption Leave/Pay to an end early and convert the remainder to Shared Parental Leave and Pay. Eligibility criteria apply.

You can agree how to divide any Shared Parental Leave (and Pay if you qualify for both) between you and your partner - even if you work for different employers. For example you could both be off work at the same time, or ask to take it in turns to look after the child.

If your partner is the one who qualifies for Maternity or Adoption Leave/Pay at a different employer then (subject to certain criteria) you could get Shared Parental Leave and Pay from the University.

This policy and procedure sets out what you need to know and do should you decide to take Shared Parental Leave. This policy summarises our procedure and the legal position but does not cover every eventuality. Since the legal provisions are complex you are encouraged to contact Human Resources with any questions or concerns before requesting shared parental benefits (

A diagram illustrating the Shared Parental Leave process can be found in Appendix 1.


From: Human Resources

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