Do parents in same-sex relationships qualify for Shared Parental Leave?

Yes, parents in same-sex relationships have exactly the same rights to time off and pay as those in heterosexual relationships.

Treating parents in same-sex relationships differently from those in heterosexual relationships in relation to shared parental leave is likely to amount to sexual orientation discrimination.

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.

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