The employment act is a legislation within the UK which protects employees and stipulates numerous matters than employers must recognise in line with the legislations put in place. This includes matter such as right to leave and pay and maternity issues. The first account of this legislation was made in 2002 and was later updated in 2008. Whilst the law is in place to provide guidelines to employers in many cases organisations adopt their own policies and distribute these to employees. The employment act has been created in order to allow employees to be aware of their rights within the work place.

Paternity leave is the entitlement of the partner of somebody is pregnant and they will consequently be becoming a parent. Within the employment act numerous criteria regulate who is entitled to take paternity leave, this includes the duration of employment, the relationship to the newborn or expected child and to what the relationship is with the child

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