Additional paternity leave for fathers

Implementation date: 6 April 2010

The Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 2010 entitle employees who are fathers or partners of mothers or adopters, to take 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, pursuant to the Work and Families Act 2006. The additional paternity leave has effect in relation to children whose expected week of birth is on or after 3 April 2011. A number of requirements must be satisfied, including that the mother or adopter has returned to work. The Regulations can be viewed on the OPSI website.
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