Example 1 (continuous block of leave): both parents are employees of the University
Mother goes on maternity leave two weeks before the baby is born and remains on maternity leave for a further two weeks following the birth, at full pay.
Father takes two weeks' ordinary paternity leave (OPL) at the time of the birth, at full pay.
Mother ends her maternity leave after a total of four weeks’ maternity leave. SPL begins immediately with a total of 48 weeks’ leave entitlement and 35 weeks’ pay, to be shared by both parents.
Mother and father take SPL together at the same time for 11 weeks at full pay (exhausting 22 weeks of SPL in total).
Father returns to work at the end of the 15th week from when the maternity leave started.
The mother remains on SPL for a further 26 weeks (13 weeks at statutory pay rate and 13 weeks unpaid).
The cost of SPL is met by each employee’s department:
The mother’s department will pay:
Four weeks’ maternity leave at full pay and 11 weeks’ SPL at full pay, 13 weeks at statutory pay rate.
The father’s department will pay:
Two weeks’ OPL at full pay and 11 weeks’ SPL at full pay.
Example 2 (discontinuous blocks of leave): partner is the employee of the University
Mother goes on maternity leave two weeks before the baby is born. Following the birth she remains on maternity leave for a further 12 weeks (total of 14 weeks).
Partner takes two weeks' ordinary paternity leave (OPL) at the time of the birth, at full pay and then returns to work immediately.
Mother returns to work after a total period of 14 weeks of maternity leave at which point SPL begins and the father goes on a period of SPL for 12 weeks, at full pay.
Partner returns to work at the end of the 26th week after the maternity leave started, at which point the entitlement to full pay under the University’s scheme has been exhausted.
The mother goes back on SPL (paid at the statutory rate) for a further 13 weeks and then returns to work.
The partner then takes the remaining period of 13 weeks of leave, unpaid.
The cost of the relevant proportion of the SPL taken by the University employee (the partner) is met by the department.
The partner’s department will pay:
Two weeks’ OPL at full pay and 12 weeks’ SPL at full pay.
The mother's employer will pay:
14 weeks' maternity leave at whatever rate she is eligible to receive, 13 weeks' ShPP at the statutory rate of pay.
Further examples can be found in the PDF document on the right-hand side.
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