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Paternity extensions could be scrapped

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Extended paternity leave promised by the outgoing government could be abandoned and rewritten in the coming months, it has been revealed.

The Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 2010 allows those fathers with babies due on or after 3 April 2011 the right to take up to six months’ paternity leave, in addition to their existing two week entitlement.

But the coalition may now scrap the plans in favour of a more “far reaching system of flexible parenting”.

When asked recently about the government’s plans to maintain Labours 2010 regulations, Minister for Women and Equalities, Theresa May, stoked speculation by not fully confirming the coalition’s next step.

“We are looking into how we can avoid constantly requiring businesses to effect innovations, and we are examining the timetabling of the additional paternity leave and flexible parental leave regulations,” Mrs May told parliament.

From next year, currently promised regulations will allow fathers to take additional leave if their partner has already returned to work, but not before the baby is 20 weeks old. The coalition’s approach would give parents more flexibility over how and when they share leave between them, possibly including both parents taking time off simultaneously.

As the New Year draws ever closer, it is still not clear which regulations will come into force. Experts claim a likely outcome would see Labour’s plans postponed before being reworded or replaced.

Regardless, fathers hoping to welcome a change in paternal leave over the coming months should consult with experts if still unsure of what such new regulations will mean.

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Written by Andrew Hodges

August 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm

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