- your baby is due on or after 5 April 2015
- you adopt a child on or after 5 April 2015
If you’re eligible for SPL you can use it to take leave in blocks separated by periods of work, instead of taking it all in one go.
To start SPL or ShPP the mother must end her maternity leave (for SPL) or her Maternity Allowance or maternity pay (for ShPP). If she doesn’t get maternity leave (but she ends her Maternity Allowance or pay early) her partner might still get SPL.
Example A mother and her partner are both eligible for SPL and ShPP. The mother ends her maternity leave and pay after 12 weeks, leaving 40 weeks available for SPL and 27 weeks available for ShPP. The parents can choose how to split this.