Response to APL&P consultation published
The Work and Families Act 2006 provides powers enabling the introduction of Additional Paternity Leave and Pay (APL&P) to provide more choice to parents in caring for their child and give fathers a greater opportunity to be involved in the upbringing of their child. On 14 May 2007 the Government published a consultation document seeking views on the administration of APL&P and the Government has now published its response.
The response indicates that the following key provisions concerning administration of the scheme will be built into the draft regulations:
In order to discourage fraud, HMRC will carry out compliance checks and may impose financial penalties where it can be shown that claimants either fraudulently or negligently make a claim for APL&P
When an employee applies for a period of APL&P the employer will be required to confirm an entitlement within a 28 day statutory period
Completion of a self-certification form by an applicant for APL&P showing that the eligibility criteria have been met will be compulsory
In order to allow a degree of flexibility between mothers changing their dates and fathers informing their employers of their change in circumstances, the legal requirement will be for fathers to provide 6 weeks’ notice of any changes to their start and finish dates for APL&P.
The Government has previously said that the earliest date that additional paternity leave and pay will be implemented is April 2010. The response can be viewed at:http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file44293.pdf