If a woman takes shared parental leave (SPL), is she entitled to return to the same job when she returns to work between discontinuous blocks of leave?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 10 March 2023
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Leave; Family Friendly Rights

Whilst shared parental leave (SPL) must be taken in complete weeks, it can be taken as one continuous period or in discontinuous periods.

When returning to work after a period of SPL (or any combination of SPL, Statutory Maternity Leave or Statutory Adoption Leave) of 26 weeks or less, the employee has a right to return to the same job and the same terms and conditions as if she hadn’t been away.

This also applies when your employee returns to work after a period of SPL of more than 26 weeks, unless you can show that it is not reasonably practicable for her to return to her original job (for example, because the job no longer exists). In this case, you must offer a suitable job on terms and

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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