What is Additional/Shared Parental Leave?

Additional Parental Leave (APL) was introduced by the UK government in 2011 to try to encourage fathers to take more of a role in bringing up their children. It allows a father to take more than the statutory 2 weeks paternity leave immediately after the birth. Effectively you can take part (up to 26 weeks) of the normal maternity period, from 20 weeks after birth. But there is no additional pay. 

In April 2015 this all changes. Well, a bit. Shared Parental Leave (SPL, original) is replacing APL. Basically, it’s more flexible, and maybe with some money. To be honest, I’m not sure. But the government has provided this handy website on it. Well, handy-ish. Goal for this blog – figure out the difference!

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