Rules around when and how employees can take statutory paternity leave are being relaxed to give employees a bit more flexibility.
The updated rules will apply to babies expected to be born after 6 April 2024 and children placed for adoption after 6 April 2024.
Changes to statutory paternity leave include:
- allowing employees to take paternity leave at any point during the first 52 weeks of birth/placement (up from the current 8 weeks after the birth or placement);
- allowing employees to split the leave into two one-week blocks (previously they had to take the leave in one single block of one or two weeks); and
- giving more flexibility on notice requirements – employees will only have to give 28 days’ notice of the leave they intend to take rather than having to confirm 15 weeks before the birth).
The rate of statutory paternity pay also rises in April 2024 to £184.03 per week, in line with other statutory rates of pay.
Whilst these changes are welcome, they are not exactly earth shattering. That said, it’s an election year so watch this space.
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