Additional Paternity Leave

You may have read or heard of the change which came into effect last month allowing the partners of women who give birth after 3 April 2011 (or who adopt a child after that date) to take additional paternity leave if their partner has returned to work.

Bear in mind that this right to additional paternity leave/pay applies equally to same sex partners in the same way as normal paternity pay/leave.

The bare bones provisions are :-

  • The child is born (or adopted) after 3rd April 2011
  • The employee may take a maximum of 26 weeks additional paternity leave if their partner has returned to work
  • The rate of pay applicable since April is £128.73 per week or 90% of average weekly earnings if that is less
  • Holiday entitlement continues to accrue as is the case during maternity leave.

Comment

As with so many employment initiatives, this almost certainly looks more attractive in theory than it is in practice. We would suggest that there will not be many employees who could afford to take advantage of this new right.