Paternity pay

Ashok Kanani

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

Latest items in Paternity pay

  • Statutory paternity pay

    Type:
    Statutory rates

    The statutory rate of pay for employees on paternity leave. It is subject to the employee's average earnings meeting the lower earnings limit.

  • Paternity leave contract clause

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Updated to provide a reminder that the rate of statutory paternity pay is not rising in April 2016.

  • 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.

  • National insurance lower earnings limit

    Type:
    Quick reference

    A table listing the national insurance lower earnings limit.

  • Statutory paternity pay

    Type:
    Quick reference

    A table providing the rate of ordinary statutory paternity pay.

  • Date:
    27 November 2015
    Type:
    Legal timetable

    Statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay, statutory shared parental pay and statutory adoption pay are frozen as for 2015/16 at £139.58 per week.

  • 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 pay

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    The law on paternity pay, including eligibility for, and rate of, statutory paternity pay (SPP), recovery of statutory paternity pay, and contractual paternity pay.