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Changes to UK Paternity Leave Regulations

Effective March 8th, modified paternity leave to provide more flexibility for UK fathers.
January 19, 2024
Blue square with white letters and UK flag: Changes to UK Paternity Leave Regulations

The UK government has announced changes to the Paternity Leave Regulations, which will come into force on March 8, 2024.

Currently, fathers are entitled to two consecutive weeks’ statutory paternity leave, which they can take within eight weeks of their child’s birth or placement (in the case of adoption).

What’s changing?

These changes allow fathers to split their statutory paternity leave into two blocks of one week, which they can take within 12 months of their child’s birth or placement.

In addition, employees’ obligation to notify their employer of their intention to take paternity leave has been reduced from 15 weeks before the expected week of childbirth or placement to four weeks.

These changes are intended to provide more flexibility for fathers. They follow the government’s consultation on Parental Leave and Policy, which stemmed from its Good Work Plan.

Who do these changes apply to?

These changes apply to fathers of children whose expected week of birth or placement begins after April 6, 2024.

As is the current situation, these regulations apply only to employees.

What are the statutory rates of paternity pay?

The current statutory rates of pay – namely, £172.48 a week or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) – remain unchanged.

How should productions prepare for the changes?

Production companies should ensure that their policies reflect these changes, and that their payroll teams are aware of these changes so they can execute any requests in line with the new regulations.

How EP can help

Our UK team of payroll experts are on hand to help you navigate ever-changing regulations, avoid costly penalties and seamlessly manage your payroll. If you ever have any questions or need support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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