Prime Minister's Paternity Leave


25 August, 2010

The birth of the Prime Minister's fourth child yesterday has again highlighted the issue of paternity leave according to Forbes Solicitors.

Under present law, all male employees are entitled to take up to two weeks paternity leave from their employment and it has now been reported that Mr Cameron is to take the two weeks, being the first prime minister to do so.

This has also drawn attention to the proposals for changes to the parental leave rules, which are due to come into force on 6th April 2011.

Jonathan Holden, Employment Solicitor at Forbes Solicitors comments, "This will allow partners to take up to 26 weeks' parental leave when the other partner decides to return to work. This paves the way for fathers to be able to take what has traditionally been thought of as "maternity leave", allowing the mother to return to employment. However, recent comments by the Home Secretary have lead to suggestions that the paternity leave regulations may not be brought into full force and this is an area where employers should keep a close eye on developments."

Speaking in Parliament on the 22nd July Theresa May said "We are looking into how we can avoid constantly requiring businesses to effect innovations, and we are examining the time table of the additional paternity leave and flexible parental leave regulations."

For assistance in dealing with this or any other employment law related issue, please contact Jonathan Holden at Forbes Solicitors on 01254 222399.


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