Additional paternity leave comes into force in Northern Ireland

Implementation date: 3 October 2010

Employees who are fathers, or spouses or partners of mothers, and employees who have been matched for adoption and are spouses or partners of the person taking adoption leave are entitled to take additional statutory paternity leave of up to 26 weeks in the first year of their child’s life or the first year after the child’s placement for adoption. Additional paternity leave applies in respect of children whose expected week of birth is on or after 3 April 2011, or children matched for adoption with a person who is notified of the match on or after 3 April 2011. In certain circumstances, employees who are entitled to additional statutory paternity leave will be entitled to additional statutory paternity pay. Read the Regulations on the UK legislation website: