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Letter responding to request for paternity leave in birth situation confirming leave entitlement

Author: Lynda Macdonald and Claire Birkinshaw

When to use this model paternity leave letter

Use this model HR letter to respond to an employee's request to take a period of paid or unpaid statutory paternity leave in a birth situation, confirming that the employee is entitled to take the leave requested.

Note: The usual rules for calculating normal weekly pay for the purpose of determining entitlement to, and the rate of, statutory paternity pay are adjusted for employees who are furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. See Family-related statutory payments and furlough leave in Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.