I live in the UK and my company offers enhanced shared parental leave for which I get full pay for 8 weeks. My plan was to take the paid leave after my wife has taken 6 months of maternity leave. However, my company said that I can only take my shared parental leave from the time the baby is born, which effectively means at the same time as my wife (as she would need to be with the baby initially).
Is this a common rule? I was told that it's got to do with sex discrimination but still doesn't make sense to me..