Respond to an employee's paternity leave/pay notice in relation to a birth child

Key points

  • To exercise their right to paternity leave an employee is required to give their employer notice providing specified information by the end of the 15th week before the mother's expected week of childbirth.
  • Where the employee wishes to exercise their right to statutory paternity pay, they must provide additional specified information.
  • The employer should respond to the employee's notice confirming the arrangements or stating that the employee does not qualify. If the employee does not qualify for statutory paternity pay, the employer is obliged to respond within a set time frame.

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