paternity leave

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Is paid or unpaid leave taken by a father following the birth of his child. There is a legal entitlement to paternity leave in the European Union under the parental leave directive, and in Scandinavian countries governments have provided financial incentives for fathers to take leave of this kind. In Britain, a statutory right to a short period of paternity leave was introduced via the Paternity and Adoption Leave Regulations 2002. These regulations permit an employee (not a worker) to take two weeks' leave, providing he has worked for his employer for twenty-six weeks ending with the 15th week before the baby is due. He must be the biological father of the child or the mother's husband or partner and have or expect to have responsibility for the child's upbringing (this includes a mother's partner in a same sex relationship). The leave must be taken within fifty-six days of the child's birth. Provided the man earns more than the lower earnings limit, he is entitled to Statutory Paternity Pay (£106.00 per week or 90 per cent of his average weekly earnings if this is less, in 2006). Under the Work and Families Act 2006, there is an option for a father to take additional paternity leave. This can be done by the mother, transferring the second six months of her one year's maternity leave to the father/partner. Up to three months of this period can be paid at the statutory rate.

Subjects: Law — Human Resource Management.

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