Paternity leave and pay

Topic Index
Paternity leave - birth
Paternity leave - adoption
Rights during paternity leave
Statutory paternity pay
Additional paternity leave and pay



  • Qualifying employees are entitled to 2 weeks' paid paternity leave.
  • It is available for the birth of a child or the placement of a child for adoption.
  • There are 2 types of paternity leave available to employees: paternity leave (birth) - available to a child's biological father or the mother's husband or partner (which includes a female partner), and paternity leave (adoption) - available to both men and women who are married to or the partner or civil partner of the child's adopter.
  • The employee can choose to take either 1 week or 2 consecutive weeks' paternity leave and can choose to start his/her leave either on the date of the child's birth or placement with the adopter; or a number of days after the child's birth or placement; or on a predetermined date which must be later than the start of the expected week of childbirth (EWC) or the date of placement.
  • Only one period of leave is available irrespective of whether more than one child is born as a result of the same pregnancy or more than one child is placed at the same time.
  • For parents of children born on or after 3 April 2011, mothers can transfer all or part of the last 26 weeks of their maternity leave to the father....
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