Editor's message: Employers are under no obligation to pay employees their full pay when they are on paternity leave, unless this is provided for contractually.
Instead, employees are entitled to one or two weeks' statutory paternity pay. See Quick reference: Ordinary statutory paternity pay and Quick reference: Statutory paternity pay. Many employers provide slightly better terms than the statutory minimum.
Ashok Kanani, employment law editor
The statutory rate of pay for employees on paternity leave. It is subject to the employee's average earnings meeting the lower earnings limit.
Updated to provide a reminder that the rate of statutory paternity pay is not rising in April 2016.
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.
A quiz for line managers to test their knowledge on paternity leave and pay.
A table listing the national insurance lower earnings limit.
A table providing the rate of ordinary statutory paternity pay.
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.
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.
The law on paternity pay, including eligibility for, and rate of, statutory paternity pay (SPP), recovery of statutory paternity pay, and contractual paternity pay.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to paternity pay.