Paternity pay

Clio Springer

Editor's message: Your organisation is under no obligation to pay employees full pay when they are on paternity leave, unless you have provided for this in the contract.

Instead, your employees are entitled to statutory paternity pay during the one or two-week statutory paternity leave period, provided that they meet the qualification and notification requirements. For example, there is a minimum earnings requirement to qualify for statutory paternity pay.

Some employers provide for contractual paternity pay on more generous terms than the statutory minimum. If your organisation does this, you can offset contractual paternity pay against your liability to pay statutory paternity pay, but only in respect of that particular week.

Clio Springer, senior employment law editor

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