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Administration of Additional Paternity Leave and Pay – a consultation

Starting Date: 14-05-07

Closing Date: 03-08-07

Administration of Additional Paternity Leave and Pay – a consultation

The Government is publishing this consultation on the administration of Additional Paternity Leave and Pay following commitments made in the November 2006 Government Response to the consultation on Additional Paternity Leave and Pay in March 2006.

Additional Paternity Leave and Pay will enable employed fathers to take up to 26 weeks Additional Paternity Leave, some of which can be paid if the mother of the child has returned to work. This new provision will be available during the second six months of the child’s life, providing parents with more choice in child care responsibilities and for the first time ever, the option of dividing a period of paid leave entitlement between them.

The purpose of this consultation is to invite practical comments on the preferred administration process and some of the remaining detail of the scheme to ensure that burdens on business are minimised, whilst providing more choice for parents and allowing fathers a greater opportunity to be involved in raising a child.

Previous consultations can be found on the Work and Families page.


For more details contact: 

Nicola Cullen
Employment Relations Directorate
Department of Trade and Industry
Room 4104 1
Victoria Street

Tel: 020 7215 2290
Fax: 020 7215 0168


Consultation Documents