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As part of several employment law updates anticipated throughout 2024, legislation surrounding paternity leave is expected to change from 6th April.
Paternity leave affects a father of a baby, a partner of a mother who is having a baby, a child’s adopter or an intended parent.
Currently, employees can take either one or two weeks of paternity leave and leave must be taken in one block (meaning that leave cannot be split into two separate blocks of 1 week).
Paternity leave must start after the birth of the baby and end within 56 days of the child’s birth and, should an employee wish to change the date of their paternity leave, they must tell their employer with a minimum of 28 days’ notice.
From 6th April 2024, employees who qualify for paternity leave will be entitled to split their leave into two blocks of one week. It is also anticipated that they will be entitled to take their paternity leave at any point within 52 weeks of their child’s birth, rather than the existing 56 days.
Employees must still notify their employer of their intention to take paternity leave at least 15 weeks before the baby’s due date but will no longer have to provide specific leave dates so far in advance. Instead, employees will be required to provide just 28 days’ notice of the specific dates they wish to take each period off paternity leave.
All HR clients of Stallard Kane will be provided with an updated paternity leave policy later this year.
For additional information or support, please do not hesitate to contact us at HR@skaltd.co.uk or call 01427 420 404 and #oneoftheteam will be happy to help.
You can also download our “Employment Law Update - Quick Reference Guide”, which provides an overview of the changes anticipated throughout 2024.