Paternity leave and pay

Clio Springer

Editor's message: There are minimum statutory paternity leave and pay rights, although some employers provide more generous terms.

These statutory rights extend to adoptions as well as birth situations so if you have an 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 who is one of a couple jointly adopting a child), he or she may be entitled to one or two consecutive weeks' paternity leave and pay.

The qualifying rules differ slightly for statutory paternity leave and statutory paternity pay so you need to consider an employee’s entitlement to both.

Clio Springer, senior employment law editor

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