Paternity leave and pay

Clio Springer

Editor's message: There are minimum statutory rights in relation to paternity leave and pay, although employers may provide more generous terms for both.

The right to a minimum period of paternity leave and statutory paternity pay applies in respect of births and adoptions. A qualifying employee who is the biological father of a child or the spouse, civil partner or partner of a mother or individual who has adopted a child (or one of a couple jointly adopting a child) is entitled to one or two consecutive weeks’ paternity leave and pay.

The qualifying rules differ slightly for statutory paternity leave and statutory paternity pay although there is a minimum continuous service requirement for both.

Clio Springer, senior employment law editor

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