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
Updated to include the proposed rate of statutory paternity pay and earnings threshold for 2017/18.
Updated to include the rate of the lower earnings limit for 2017/18.
Updated to include the proposed rate of statutory paternity pay for 2017/18.
Updated to include the new statutory paternity pay rate and lower earnings limit in force from April 2017.
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 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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to paternity pay.