Shared Parental leave
in Marriage, Relationships & Families
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I've done a fair bit of digging but I can't find a solid answer to what I want. I work for a large corporation, my wife works for a small family run business. She's due to give birth the end of August this year, and we are looking into doing the Shared Parental Leave thing. Now, thing is, my company offers a fantastic Maternity Pay package, with full pay for up to 18 weeks, then 90% for three months and then stat pay after, whereas my wife's company offer bare minimum with no bells and whistles, just the stat stuff. Now my question, my wife wants 12 weeks, which is fine, but she's then said because of the package my company supplies, that I should get the 18 weeks after she's finished with her 12. I've spoken to my HR department, via email, and they've basically turned around to me and said "Because your partner doesn't work for us, we will not be offering you any part of the maternity pay we do, other than stat." Is that right? Can they do that? Is there a way she can end her maternity, and I can start one in order for us to get this package?
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