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Extension of paternity leave?

Theresa May proposes to extend paternity leave, offering new fathers up to 12 paid weeks off

Several sources have reported that Theresa May is considering extending paternity leave as one of her ’legacy’ policies before she leaves office as Prime Minister. In plans yet to be confirmed this extension from two weeks to 12 weeks would be a significant increase for fathers. Extending paternity leave in an effort to encourage more men to take longer periods of leave was suggested by the Women and Equalities Committee in a report last year.

Employers should be aware that the potential plan includes paying fathers 90% of salary payment for four weeks with an option to take a further eight weeks at a lower statutory rate of £148.68.

As soon as more details are known we will update.

Posted on 4 July, 2019 by Ortolan

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