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New Regulations Alter Statutory Paternity Leave

The Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024 (SI 2024/329) apply specifically to children expected to be born or adopted after 6 April 2024, or whose placement for adoption or entry into Great Britain for adoption occurs on or after the same date.

Here’s a breakdown of the key revisions introduced by the regulations:

  • Fathers and partners can now split their paternity leave into two separate one-week blocks, providing greater flexibility in scheduling;
  • The time frame for taking paternity leave has been extended, allowing fathers and partners to use their leave at any point during the first year following the birth or adoption of their child;
  • Notice periods for taking leave have been shortened in most cases; and
  • Fathers or partners who have already submitted notice for leave can now adjust their chosen dates provided 28-days’ notice is provided.