Paternity Leave

Government put plans on hold

The current economic situation has led the Government to postpone plans to allow fathers to claim up to 6 months paternity leave from April 2010.

The Work and Families Act 2006 allows regulations to be made that would permit working fathers to take up to 26 weeks of paternity leave, some of which can be paid, if the mother returns to work before the end of the one-year maternity leave period to which she is entitled.

However, the government has decided the legislation will not be implemented until economic conditions improve. As a result fathers are still only entitled to two weeks paternity leave.

Furthermore, plans to extend paid maternity leave from nine months to a year – at an estimated cost of £500m – are currently ‘under review’ and expected to be shelved.