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17.—(1) During the period of additional paternity leave, P—
(a)is entitled to the benefit of all of the terms and conditions of employment which would have applied if P had not been absent, and
(b)is bound by any obligations arising under those terms and conditions, subject only to the exception in section 80C(1)(b) of the 1996 Act.
(2) In paragraph (1)(a), “terms and conditions of employment” has the meaning given by section 80C(5) of the 1996 Act, and accordingly does not include terms and conditions about remuneration.
(3) For the purposes of section 80C of the 1996 Act, only sums payable to P by way of wages or salary are to be treated as remuneration.
(4) In the case of accrual of rights under an employment-related benefit scheme within the meaning given by Schedule 5 to the Social Security Act 1989(1), nothing in paragraph (1)(a) shall be taken to impose a requirement which exceeds the requirements of paragraph 5A of that Schedule.
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