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Additional Paternity Leave rules take effect

  • Published: Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Fathers of babies due on or after 3 April 2011 will be able to take up to six months additional paternity leave. The leave can be taken once the mother has returned to work, and may be paid if taken during the mother's maternity pay period.

Extra paternity leave for fathers

Additional Paternity Leave and Pay

What it is, who qualifies and your options if you don't

Until now, employed fathers were entitled to two weeks paid paternity leave. Mothers on the other hand are entitled to 52 weeks maternity leave, of which up to 39 weeks are paid.

Additional Paternity Leave allows employed fathers who are eligible to take up to an extra 26 weeks leave to care for their new baby, if the mother returns to work before the end of her maternity leave.

Additional Paternity Leave can be taken anytime from 20 weeks after the child is born, but it must have finished by the child's first birthday.

In the case of adoption, it can be taken anytime between 20 weeks and 52 weeks after the child starts living with the adopter.

The standard rates of statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay will also increase from £124.88 to £128.73 per week from 3 April 2011.

To find out more about Additional Paternity Leave and Pay, including whether you are eligible, follow the link below.

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