My employer provides maternity leave on full pay. Does it have to provide full pay to anyone taking Shared Parental Leave as well?

No, but some may choose to do so anyway (and some lawyers think if they don’t, this could be challenged as sex discrimination). It is important for both parents to check what contractual rights they have to pay while on Shared Parental Leave before making any decisions. If you get full pay for some of your maternity leave, you need to be aware that if you switch to Shared Parental Leave, you could lose out financially.

In an encouraging number of workplaces where unions are recognised, negotiated agreements have been reached on shared parental pay at a level that exceeds the basic statutory minimum, which is just £140.98 per week or 90% of average weekly earnings if less. For more information, see the results of the TUC 2016 Equality Audit. For information on how to join a union and on organising union recognition where you work, browse our Union Finder tool.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.