The right to take statutory paternity leave applies to eligible employees who are either the biological father of a baby, or who are in a partner-type relationship with a child's mother. Under the current statutory framework, eligible employees can take one or two consecutive weeks of paid paternity leave within eight weeks of their child's birth or adoption placement. The leave must be taken in one go, meaning that the employee cannot choose to take two discontinuous weeks of leave. In order to take the leave, the employee must give notice to their employer by no later than the 15th week before the expected week of the child's birth.
Some changes are proposed to the statutory paternity leave framework. Primarily, the changes will simplify and introduce more flexibility to the way paternity leave is arranged and taken. However, the substance of the statutory entitlement itself will not change, ie eligible employees will continue to be entitled to take up to two weeks' paternity leave paid at the statutory rate.
Once in force, the new regulations will make the following changes:
The draft regulations are expected to come into force on 8 March 2024. The changes will apply to babies whose expected week of birth begins after 6 April 2024, and to children whose expected week of adoption is on or after 6 April 2024.
For more information or advice the changes to paternity leave regulations, please contact Ella Straker in our Employment team on 07584 220 286, or complete the form below.