From April 2011 parents are able to share their time off work during their baby’s first year. This means that each parent could take 6 months maternity/paternity leave.
Please see our article of 3 May 2010 entitled ‘New paternity rights available for new and adoptive parents from 3 April 2011’ for details and qualifying conditions – see Resources below.
What is Additional Paternity Leave (“APL”)?
APL consists of up to 26 weeks leave to permit the eligible employee to care for the child. This is in addition to the 2 weeks of ordinary paternity leave.
During APL the eligible employee will be entitled to receive additional statutory paternity pay (“ASPP”). ASPP is currently paid at the lower of £128.73 a week or 90% of average weekly earnings.