Additional paternity leave and pay for fathers
The Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 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. The Additional Statutory Paternity Pay (General) Regulations 2010 introduce an entitlement for employees who are fathers or who are the partners of mothers or adopters, to receive additional statutory paternity pay, pursuant to the Work and Families Act 2006. The Regulations set out a number of eligibility requirements, including conditions regarding employment before the expected week of childbirth.
The Regulations set out the weekly rates for additional statutory paternity pay introduced under the Work and Families Act 2006. The weekly rate of payment of additional statutory paternity pay is the lesser of £124.88 and 90% of the employee’s normal weekly earnings. The Regulations can be viewed on the OPSI website.
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