What qualifying service is necessary for paternity leave?

To qualify for statutory paternity leave an employee must have 26 weeks' continuous employment with the employer by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth.

In an adoption situation, where the adoption is from within the UK, the employee must have 26 weeks' continuous service ending with the week in which the child's adopter is notified of having been matched with the child.

Where the adoption is from overseas, the employee must have 26 weeks' continuous service by the end of the week in which the official notification of approval for adoption was received or, where the employee has changed employer since the official notification was received, since his or her employment with the new employer began.