Introduction of additional paternity leave and pay
Additional paternity leave and pay will come into force from 3 April 2011, eligible employees will gain the right to additional paternity leave and pay (APL&P).
The right will apply where:
- their partner is due to give birth on or after 3 April 2011
- they and/or the other adoptive parent receive notification on or after 3 April 2011 that they have been matched with a child for adoption
Additional paternity leave (APL) will allow an employee to take up to 26 weeks’ leave to care for the child.
The employee will only be able to start their APL:
- 20 or more weeks after the child’s birth or placement for adoption
- once their partner has returned to work from statutory maternity leave or statutory adoption leave and/or ended their entitlement to statutory maternity or adoption pay, or maternity allowance