Employment Cases Update

Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Date published: 08/08/2014

Amendments to Paternity and Adoption Leave Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/2788) come into force progressively from 1 October.

Amendments to Paternity and Adoption Leave Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/2788) come into force progressively from 1 October.

Changes made to ensure that paternity leave cannot be taken:

  • in relation to a child where shared parental leave has already been taken in relation to that child
  • if the employee has exercised a right to take paid time off to attend an adoption appointment in respect of the same child.

The Regulations also

  • remove the current requirement for a qualifying period of service of 26 weeks before an employee is entitled to adoption leave
  • introduce protections for employees who suffer a detriment or are dismissed in relation to time off for ante-natal or adoption appointments
  • amend the provisions on the right to return after paternity or adoption leave.

Made: 5th August 2014
Coming into force

  • 1st October 2014: regulations 1, 2, 10, 12 and 14(1) and (3):
  • 1st December 2014: regulations 3, 4, 5(a), 5(b) (partially), 6, 8 and 9:
  • 5th April 2015: all other purposes

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