Following the government’s announcement in the summer of 2023 to changes to paternity leave rights, it has now published further draft legislation in the form of the Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024.

The Regulations make the following changes:

  • Employees will be able to take their two-week paternity leave entitlement in two separate one-week blocks – rather than having to take the leave in one block.
  • Employees will be able to take paternity leave at any time in the 52 weeks after birth. At present, the leave must be taken within 56 days of the child being born.
  • Employees will only need to give 28 days’ notice of their intention to take paternity leave. Previously, they had to give notice  15 weeks before the Expected Week of Childbirth (EWC).

The Regulations will apply in all cases where the EWC is on, or after, 6 April 2024 – the same time as other family-friendly legal changes. These include the introduction of carer’s leave, changes to flexible working rights, and the extension of redundancy protection to include pregnancy, and a period of time following maternity, adoption and shared parental leave.

If you have any queries about this change do not hesitate to contact us and one of our specialist employment law solicitors can advise and guide you through the change in law.

Harriette Loveluck-Edwards, Associate Solicitor

24th January 2024

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