DH told his work as soon as we found out about the pregnancy that he intended To take his full two weeks paternity leave from the baby's date of birth. All the way through the pregnancy they have said that should anything develop whilst he is on a job he is allowed to 'down tools' and they will send someone from the office to cover him and start his leave from then. He works a shift pattern of x amount of days on and then the same off. Today they have said that they expect him to finish his shift block regardless of which day he is on and can only arrange to cover him for one shift block off resulting in him having about 7 consecutive days off instead of 14. Are they allowed to do this? From what I have found online he is entitled to start paternity leave from the day the baby is born and can take the full two weeks as we have done everything that we are supposed to?
In that case they can't offer you less than the statutory amount, as long as your DH had agreed with his employer in writing at least 15 weeks before the week the baby is due (which it sounds like he did from OP). Check the gov website for details.
I'm pretty sure this isn't allowed, as long as he has been working there for long enough (I think a year from the notice date - or maybe only 6months). It's outrageous anyway - Dad's are just seen as so unimportant in all of this, very unfair.
Paternity leave can start as soon as you go into labour & he's entitled to 10 days leave. He needs to get speaking to his HR rep! What if your husband took ill - would he still have to finish his shifts?! No his employer would have find the cover
Unfortunately the company he works for doesn't have a HR dep as it's a small family business which only seems to make this harder due to guilt trips etc, however as long as I know he is entitled to take his leave from the day of birth I will make sure he stands his ground a bit more, thank you all! Always good to get a bit of reassurance in these situations