Statutory paternity leave: new rules from April 2024

Draft legislation of the Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024 has been published by the government making improvements to paternity leave rights. These were announced back in the summer of 2023, and will come into force on 8 March for parents where the Expected Week of Childbirth (EWC) is on or after 6 April 2024.

The following changes will be in place:

  • The two-week paternity leave entitlement will be able to be taken as two separate one-week blocks (currently either two consecutive weeks, or limited to one week only)
  • The paternity leave entitlement will be able to be taken at any time in the 52 weeks after birth (currently must be used in the 56 days following birth)
  • The notice period is reduced to 28 days (reduced from the current requirement of notice being given 15 weeks before the EWC.

Ultimately these are relatively minor changes following the government’s consultation but employers should ensure that all policies and procedures have been updated to reflect the new law and that they are prepared for much shorter notice periods as well as remembering that employees may now give notice for and take two separate leave periods.

Posted on 02/07/2024 by Ortolan

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