SPLiT Days

Shared Parental Leave in Touch (SPLiT) Days

Whilst on Shared Parental Leave (SPL) you are entitled, by agreement with the University, to undertake up to 20 days’ paid work, known as “Shared Parental Leave in Touch days” (SPLiT). 

The type of work that you undertake on SPLiT days is a matter for agreement with your Head of School/Department. They may be used for any activity which would ordinarily be classed as work under the contract of employment, but could also be used to:

  • attend a conference
  • undertake a training activity
  • attend a team meeting
  • attend a PDPR review meeting

SPLiT days are normally ‘contact’ days attended at your normal place of work or at a designated venue. The SPLiT days may be used singly, consecutively or in blocks, but any work on any day (even as little as an hour) will count as a whole SPLiT day.

It is not the case that an employee can aggregate hours worked on different days beyond dates. For instance, 40 half days work, does not equate to 20 full SPLiT days, if the employee works more than 20 days this may impact upon the entitlement to Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) . The University reserves the right to count the amount of any ShPP that may have been received during a SPLiT day towards the normal contractual pay due. Therefore, if you work during a period of no pay you will be paid for the hours worked on your SPLiT day at your normal rate of pay.

When planning your Shared Parental Leave, and as part of the discussions with your manager, when you notify them of your intention to take SPL, you may wish to make arrangements for SPLiT days at this time. Alternatively SPLiT days can be arranged and agreed during your period of SPL.

Your line manager is responsible for informing Payroll of the dates and hours of work on SPLiT days.

Note: You may wish to use the SPLiT – Optional Contact Record Form .




Last edited Jan 02, 2018