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Introduction to this document

Paternity leave policy

Paternity leave essentially enables eligible employees (usually fathers) to take up to two weeks off work following the birth or adoption of their child. Our policy statement sets out the employee’s statutory rights to paternity leave.

Paternity provisions

The right to paternity leave is available to the biological father or adopter of a child, or to a person who is married to, the civil partner or the cohabiting partner (including same-sex partners) of the child’s mother or adopter. To qualify, the employee must have, or expect to have, responsibility for the child’s upbringing and must have been employed for a minimum of 26 weeks, calculated as at 15 weeks before the baby is expected to be born (or calculated as at the week in which the child’s adopter is notified of having been matched with the child, in the case of adopted children). The entitlement is to take one or two weeks’ paternity leave in a single block within eight weeks of the child’s birth (or adoption), or of the first day of the expected week of childbirth if the child is born prematurely. During paternity leave, most employees will be entitled to statutory paternity pay (SPP). Our Paternity Leave Policy statement reflects the statutory rights and entitlements. If you want to be more generous in any particular respect, you will need to amend the statement accordingly.