Paternity leave

Ashok Kanani

Editor's message: Eligible employees have the right to take either one or two consecutive weeks’ paternity leave for the purpose of caring for their new son or daughter, around the time of the child's birth or adoption

Eligible employees have various rights and obligations in relation to paternity leave and pay. Employers can ensure that an employee and his or her line manager are aware of these rights and obligations by providing them both with a copy of the employer’s paternity leave policy (see XpertHR’s updated model Paternity leave policy).

Ashok Kanani, employment law editor

New and updated

  • Inquiry into "fatherhood penalty" launched by Government

    Date:
    16 January 2017
    Type:
    News

    The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry into how employers can better support fathers in the workplace.

  • Paternity leave policy

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Updated to include the proposed rate of statutory paternity pay for 2017/18.

  • Paternity leave contract clause

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Updated to include the proposed rate of statutory paternity pay for 2017/18.

  • Statutory paternity leave

    Type:
    Statutory rates

    The minimum entitlement to time off work for employees on paternity leave. There is a minimum service requirement.

  • Paternity leave and pay

    Type:
    Line manager briefings

    Line manager briefing on paternity leave and pay, including eligibility for paternity leave and pay, employees' rights during and after paternity leave, and employees' choices with regard to scheduling paternity leave.

  • Paternity leave and pay quiz

    Type:
    Line manager briefings

    A quiz for line managers to test their knowledge on paternity leave and pay.

  • Length of paternity leave

    Type:
    Quick reference

    A table summarising employees' entitlement to statutory paternity leave.

  • Supporting fathers

    Type:
    Good practice manual

    Good practice guidance discussing the steps that employers can take to engage expectant fathers or fathers with dependent children, including support during paternity leave, ordinary parental leave and shared parental leave.

  • Maternity support (paternity) leave and pay: health (England and Wales)

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Additional information on the law on maternity support (paternity) leave and pay for NHS employers. To be read in conjunction with the general information on the law on paternity leave and pay.

  • Paternity leave

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    The law on paternity leave, including the right to paternity leave, notification requirements relating to paternity leave, rights during paternity leave, return to work following paternity leave, and rights relating to additional paternity leave which has now been abolished.