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Do you have to take paternity in one block?

(6 Posts)
Wiggy29 Fri 19-Oct-12 20:01:53

Dp is hoping to have a week after dc is born in Feb and then a week before the Easter holidays (he is a teacher), is this possible?

BuntyCollocks Fri 19-Oct-12 20:16:16

I know my husband was able to take it in 2 one week blocks last time - will possibly do the same this time.

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Fri 19-Oct-12 20:26:05

Legally, no. The legal paternity leave is either one week, or two consecutive weeks.

But some companies/employers choose to be more flexible. It is worth checking if yours will be. They won't be able to reclaim the SPP from the government for the second week if they let you split it, so it is worth checking out the financials too.

ThreeWheelsGood Fri 19-Oct-12 20:26:37

I think it has to be two consecutive weeks, have you checked the direct gov website?

Wiggy29 Fri 19-Oct-12 20:52:07

Thanks, not had a look but just popping over there now...

Wiggy29 Fri 19-Oct-12 20:55:43

Has to be two consecutive weeks. Cheers for letting me know. grin

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