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Last month the DTI issued - and, curiously, immediately buried - its response to its consultation on additional paternity leave and pay.

The government has decided to grant employed fathers a new right of up to 26 weeks' Additional Paternity Leave, some of which could be paid, if the mother returns to work. Draft Regulations will be issued, and put out to consultation, next year. Click here to view the full response.

The response paper is hidden deep within the bowels of the DTI website. Unusually, no press release was issued, nor was this announced on the DTI's 'What's New' page. No doubt this was an oversight but - hey - that's open government for you!

[Thanks to Gaby Charing, Policy Adviser (Discrimination & Employment Law) to the Law Society's Law Reform & Legal Policy Team for telling me about this]