Additional Paternity Leave - now available
The new rules on additional paternity leave have now come into force. These allow fathers or partners of those giving birth or adopting, to share a period of the maternity/ adoption leave and associated pay if the mother or main adopter returns to work without using all of her entitlement. There are prescriptive conditions.
They have effect only in relation to children whose expected week of birth (or matching for adoption) begins on or after 3rd April 2011.
Under the regulations fathers will be entitled to up to six months additional paternity leave provided the mother has returned to work, which will give parents the option of dividing a period of paid leave entitlement between them. The leave cannot start until at least 20 weeks after the birth or placement for adoption and must end not later than 12 months after the birth or placement for adoption, and that it may only be taken in multiples of complete weeks.
If the additional paternity leave is taken during the mother's 39 week maternity pay period it will be paid leave, (paid at the same rate and in the same way as Statutory Maternity Pay.) Parents will be required to 'self certify' by providing details of their eligibility to their employer. Employers and HMRC will both be able to carry out further checks of entitlement if necessary.
For advice on implementing Additional Paternity Leave in your business, contact Cherington HR.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016