Changes to paternity leave regulations will soon be coming into effect.

Changes to paternity leave from the 8th of March 2024, applicable to parents whose expected week of childbirth is after the 6th of April 2024 are as follows:

  • Employees eligible for paternity leave can now choose to take their two weeks’ entitlement in two non-consecutive blocks of one week, rather than in one block or two consecutive one-week blocks.
  • This entitlement can be taken at any time within the first 52 weeks after birth/adoption and not just the first 56 days.
  • Notice of intention to take paternity leave is reduced from 15 weeks before the EWC to at least 28 days before.

These regulations provide greater flexibility for employees on paternity leave however greater flexibility should always be applied should a baby arrive early.

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