In which circumstances is an employee entitled to receive statutory paternity pay?
To be entitled to statutory paternity pay an employee must have, or expect to have, responsibility for the child's upbringing. In a birth situation, the employee must be the father of the child or the spouse, civil partner or partner of the child's mother. In an adoption situation, the employee must be the spouse, civil partner or partner of the child's adopter, or one of a couple jointly adopting a child.
The employee must have average weekly earnings of at least the lower earnings limit for national insurance purposes over the eight-week period ending with the 15th week before the expected week of birth or the week in which the child's adopter is notified of being matched with the child for adoption. He or she must also have been continuously employed for a minimum of 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of birth, or by the end of the week in which the child's adopter is notified of having been matched with the child for adoption, and have remained in the same employment until the date of the birth or placement.