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The Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2014

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Citation and commencement

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2014.

(2) This regulation and regulations 2, 10, 12 and 14(1) and (3) come into force on 1st October 2014.

(3) Regulations 3, 4, 5(a), 5(b) (so far as it relates to new sub-paragraph (a) of new paragraph(1A), 6, 8 and 9 come into force on 1st December 2014.

(4) Regulations 5(b) (so far as it relates to new sub-paragraph (b) of new paragraph (1A)), 7, 11, 13 and 14(2) and (4) come into force on 5th April 2015.

Amendments to the Paternity and Adoption Leave Regulations 2002

2.  The Paternity and Adoption Leave Regulations 2002(1) are amended as follows.

3.  In regulation 2 (interpretation)—

(a)in paragraph (1)—

(i)in the definition of “adoption agency”, for “section 1(4) of the Adoption Act 1976(2)” substitute “section 2(1) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002(3)”;

(ii)after the definition of “paternity leave” insert—

“shared parental leave” means leave under section 75E or 75G of the 1996 Act(4);

(b)in paragraph (4)(b), for “regulation 11(2) of the Adoption Agencies Regulations 1983(5)” substitute “regulation 33(3)(a) of the Adoption Agencies Regulations 2005, regulation 28(3) of the Adoption Agencies (Wales) Regulations 2005(6)”.

4.  In regulation 4 (entitlement to paternity leave: birth)—

(a)in paragraph (1), for “An” substitute “Subject to paragraph (1A), an”;

(b)after paragraph (1) insert—

(1A) An employee is not entitled to be absent from work under paragraph (1) if the employee has taken any shared parental leave in respect of the child..

5.  In regulation 8 (entitlement to paternity leave: adoption)—

(a)in paragraph (1), for “An” substitute “Subject to paragraph (1A), an”;

(b)after paragraph (1) insert—

(1A) An employee is not entitled to be absent from work under paragraph (1) if the employee–

(a)has taken any shared parental leave in respect of the child; or

(b)has exercised a right to take time off under section 57ZJ of the 1996 Act in respect of the child..

6.  In paragraph (1) of regulation 13 (right to return after paternity leave), for sub-paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)the last of two or more consecutive periods of statutory leave which did not include any—

(i)period of parental leave of more than four weeks; or

(ii)period of statutory leave which when added to any other periods of statutory leave (excluding parental leave) taken in relation to the same child means that the total amount of statutory leave taken in relation to that child totals more than 26 weeks,.

7.  In regulation 15 (entitlement to ordinary adoption leave)—

(a)at the end of paragraph (2)(a) insert “and”;

(b)omit paragraph (2)(b);

(c)omit paragraph (3).

8.  In paragraph (1)(b)(ii) of regulation 22 (disrupted placement in the course of adoption leave), for “section 30(3) of the Adoption Act 1976” substitute “sections 31 to 35 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002”.

9.  In paragraph (1) of regulation 26 (right to return after adoption leave), for sub-paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)the last of two or more consecutive periods of statutory leave which did not include any—

(i)period of parental leave of more than four weeks; or

(ii)period of statutory leave which when added to any other periods of statutory leave (excluding parental leave) taken in relation to the same child means that the total amount of statutory leave taken in relation to that child totals more than 26 weeks,.

10.  In paragraph (1) of regulation 28 (protection from detriment), before sub-paragraph (a) insert—

(za)the employee took or sought to take time off under section 57ZE of the 1996 Act(7);

(zb)the employer believed that the employee was likely to take time off under section 57ZE of the 1996 Act;.

11.  In paragraph (1) of regulation 28 (protection from detriment), after sub-paragraph (zb)(8) insert—

(zc)the employee took or sought to take time off under section 57ZJ or 57ZL of the 1996 Act(9);

(zd)the employer believed that the employee was likely to take time off under section 57ZJ or 57ZL of the 1996 Act;.

12.  In paragraph (3) of regulation 29 (unfair dismissal), before sub-paragraph (a) insert—

(za)the employee took or sought to take time off under section 57ZE of the 1996 Act;

(zb)the employer believed that the employee was likely to take time off under section 57ZE of the 1996 Act;.

13.  In paragraph (3) of regulation 29 (unfair dismissal), after sub-paragraph (zb)(10) insert—

(zc)the employee took or sought to take time off under section 57ZJ or 57ZL of the 1996 Act;

(zd)the employer believed that the employee was likely to take time off under section 57ZJ or 57ZL of the 1996 Act;.

Transitional provision

14.—(1) Regulation 10 has effect only in relation to an act or failure to act which takes place on or after 1st October 2014.

(2) Regulation 11 has effect only in relation to an act or failure to act which takes place on or after 5th April 2015.

(3) Regulation 12 has effect only in relation to dismissals where the effective date of termination (within the meaning of section 97 of the Employment Rights Act 1996(11)) falls on or after 1st October 2014.

(4) Regulation 13 has effect only in relation to dismissals where the effective date of termination (within the meaning of section 97 of the Employment Rights Act 1996) falls on or after 5th April 2015.

Jo Swinson

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

5th August 2014

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