Editor's message: Statutory paternity leave is a period of one or two consecutive weeks’ leave, to be taken within eight weeks of the birth or adoption of the child and paid at least at the rate of statutory paternity pay.
Given the meagreness of statutory paternity leave in the UK, employers should think about enhancing it by:
One other option we sometimes see employers adopt is forgoing the 26-week service requirement to be paid paternity pay, ie offering paternity pay from day one of employment.
Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor
HR and legal information and guidance relating to paternity leave and paternity pay.