My husband just started a new job. At his old company, paternity leave was fully paid. He assumed the new one would be the same, as it is in the same industry but they seem surprised that he assumed this, even though he offered to start work after #2 was born to save them paying paternity leave. Can anyone tell me what is usual?
I am guessing from your post he will not actually be working for them for 26 weeks prior to the qualifying week so may not actually be entitled to SPP let alone an enhanced package. As an employer I would be pretty that someone who had only been with me a couple of weeks assumed they would be entitled to an enhanced package when they are not even entitled to statutory. Even more that they hadn't consult the handbook to check the position before raising it.
It varies business to business as everyone says. But I'm not surprised they were a bit taken aback if your husband assumed he could walk into a new job and get two weeks full pay for paternity leave immediately...
Thanks for the feedback everyone. I knowit sounds llike he was being really presumptuous but he was basically headhunted by them and they asked him to start when I was 39 weeks pregnant instead of waiting a couple of weeks, so how they were planning to handle the paternity leave was pretty relevant. Obviously he should have got them to be clearer. ..
Unfortunately, given that it was important to you and your husband how paternity was handled, he really should have checked with them before starting rather than assuming that everything was going to work out.