If I take a 2-week paternity leave in the UK, do I get a 2-week extension to my work contract, in which I would receive my normal salary? In Norway, I did get an extension, but I am not sure if the same applies in the UK.

I am an employee, not a contractor. I work at a university on a time-limited project funded by a grant.

Note: I asked the same question in Expatriates.SE, but was advised to ask here instead.

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    If you are an employee why would you need an extension? – Donald Mar 31 '14 at 13:53
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    @adipro - If the project is time limited its unlikely they will be able to extend it because of your paternity leave. – Donald Mar 31 '14 at 23:43
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    @Ramhound, why is that so? I worked under similar contract in Norway, and I did get an extension. During my paternity leave, my salary was paid by the government. It is the same in the UK, as far as I know. – adipro Apr 1 '14 at 20:10
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    The phrasing of your contract may be important here. If your contract is "from X to Y" the result may be different than if it is "for 1 year beginning X". – Myles Sep 23 '14 at 20:53
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    @Ramhound To give you an idea, in some countries PhD candidates are employees with a three or four-year contracts intended to cover the time needed to prepare a thesis. If you go on parental leave for several months (one year is not unusual in Europe), you obviously need more time to complete your PhD. Since the money for the parental leave typically comes from an insurance-like system or general university budget, getting an extension is usually possible and does not cost your manager/department anything (someone else pays for it). – Relaxed Dec 17 '14 at 1:51

My reading of this, as a UK manager is that you are on a fixed term contract. This is different to usual contracting in that the person is more like a permanent staff member regarding benefits/tax etc during their stint. It is quite common for things like maternity leave, long term illness or secondment.

You should speak to HR for clarification, but in my experience you would get the same leave as a permanent staff member. So this means you won't get it added on (a contractor would be taking unpaid leave) but will likely be paid the 2 weeks leave like a perm.

  • As I have indicated above, I have spoken to my HR, but they did not know. As an update, I have also spoken to my manager, but my manager also does not know. – adipro Apr 12 '14 at 12:55
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    Well if HR don't know they need to find out for you, that's part of their job. Otherwise tell them I said yes you should ;) – The Wandering Dev Manager Apr 12 '14 at 12:57
  • You mean, I should get an extension? – adipro Apr 12 '14 at 12:59
  • Sorry that was an attempt at humour. Talk to payroll, they will know. – The Wandering Dev Manager Apr 12 '14 at 13:01
  • @adipro tell them i said yes you should too. Don't tell them i was being humourous though, tell them i was deadly serious. – bharal Dec 17 '14 at 4:55

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