Are Employees Who Take Shared Parental Leave Entitled to Return to the Same Job?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 5 July 2022
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Shared Parental Leave

Shared parental leave entitles a child’s mother and a second person (whether that be the child’s father or a partner) to share up to 50 of the 52 weeks of time off work. The overall amount of leave is not extended but rather, it allows leave to be shared equally between those two people.

An employee’s right to return to work after shared parental leave, will be dependent on the amount of relevant statutory leave taken. If less than 26 weeks were taken (which does not have to be taken consecutively), the employee is entitled to return to their former role provided it is reasonably practicable for the employer.

In certain exceptional circumstances an employee will not have an absolute right

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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