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ConsumerUK Guide

 

Paternity Leave

 
If you are a father to be or will share the responsibility with a partner for looking after a baby, you may have the right to Statutory Paternity Leave and Pay. This includes adoptive fathers-to-be.
 

Do I qualify?

 
You will qualify if:
 
  1. you have worked continuously for your employer for 26 weeks ending with the 15th week before the baby is due or the end of the week in which the child's adopter is notified of being matched with the child; and You
  2. have or expect to have responsibility for the child's upbringing; or
  3. are the biological father of the child or the mother's husband or partner and have worked continuously for their employer for 26 weeks ending with the 15th week before the baby is due or the end of the week in which the child's adopter is notified of being matched with the child.

How much leave do I get?

 
If you are eligible you can choose to take either one week or two consecutive weeks' paid paternity leave (not odd days).
 

Can I take any additional leave?

If you are eligible you can take up to 26 weeks leave to care for your new baby.
 
You will be eligible if:
 
  1. you are the father of a child due on or after 3 April 2011
  2. your wife, partner or civil partner is pregnant and due to give birth to a child on or after 3 April 2011
  3. you and your partner receive notification that you are matched with a child for adoption on or after 3 April 2011
  4. your wife, partner or civil partner is adopting a child from overseas and the child enters Great Britain on or after 3 April 2011
  5. the child's mother is entitled to statutory maternity leave, maternity pay or allowance or statutory adoption leave or pay.

Do I need to give my employer notice?

 
To qualify for additional paternity leave you need to give your employer notice in writing at least eight weeks before the start of the leave. 
 

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Last updated 14.07.2014

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