Major changes to paternity leave expected in April

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The Government has progressed its commitment to amending current laws on leave for parents

New draft regulations set out changes to the way in which the statutory entitlement to paternity leave is exercised, by amending the Paternity and Adoption Leave Regulations 2002 and other related regulations regarding overseas adoptions.

The amendments make changes to requirements relating to notice and evidence, the period within which paternity leave must be taken, and the existing requirement that paternity leave be taken in one continuous period.

The main changes include the following.

  • An employee will be allowed to choose to take either two non-consecutive weeks’ paternity leave (birth), or a single period of either one week or two weeks.
  •  The period in which paternity leave (birth) must be taken is extended from 56 days after the birth of the child, to 52 weeks after the birth. Similar amendments are made in respect of paternity leave after an adoption.
  •  Employees will need to give 28 days’ notice of taking leave after having declared their eligibility to take paternity leave by 15 weeks before the expected week of childbirth. Currently, both notices are needed by the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth.

 It is expected that the changes will come into force where the expected week of childbirth is on or after 6th April 2024.

For more information on paternity leave, visit BrAInbox today where you can find answers to questions like How much notice does an employee need to give to take paternity leave?

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