Now, in addition to two weeks Paternity Leave, fathers can take up to 26 weeks Additional Paternity Leave. According to the Department of Business & Skills (BIS), the leave can be paid if taken during the mothers:
Statutory Maternity Pay period;
Maternity Allowance period; or
Statutory Adoption Pay period.
However, the employee has to meet a number of requirements to be eligible for paid leave.
Leave taken outside of these periods will be unpaid.
These new regulations apply providing leave does not extend past the child’s first birthday.