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Really?!? Up to 26 weeks off work for new dads from April

  • Thread starter EmployEasily Legal Services
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EmployEasily Legal Services

EmployEasily Legal Services

EmployEasily Legal Services
Yep, it's true....the coalition agreed yesterday to go ahead with the Additional Paternity Leave regulations agreed by the last gov't that will give employed fathers a right to up to six months extra leave which can be taken once the mother has returned to work after 20 weeks.

What Should I do Now?

1. Communicate - make you staff aware of the change and how it may affect them

2. Review policies, practices and procedures and make amendments as necessary being sure to document your steps when you work through each process

3. When executing policies, ensure you adopt a fair and equal approach with all employees

4. Consider your management team and provide additional staff training, as required

5. Seek professional advice and support - Commission an Audit to get a full and accurate understanding of your level of exposure

So how might this effect your business? Do you see this as a cost or a great piece of legislation that brings UK employment law closer to the EU and the 21st century?