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Explanatory Memorandum to Work and Families (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

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7.Articles 3, 4 and 13 of the Order establish a framework for extending maternity and adoption leave and pay entitlements following the birth or adoption of a child. Articles 5 to 13 set out the broad parameters for a new right intended to enable fathers of birth or adopted children to take additional statutory paternity pay and leave under specified circumstances. Article 14 widens the scope of the existing law on flexible working. Article 15 allows provision to be made with regard to annual leave entitlement. Article 16 provides a power to increase, on one occasion, the maximum amount of a week’s pay which may be taken into account in the calculation of certain payments (for example, redundancy payments). Schedule 1 contains supplementary amendments to existing legislation.

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