8.3 Paternity leave and pay

Where an employee:

  • has 26 weeks continuous employment ending with the 15th week before the expected week of birth or placement for adoption;
  • is the biological father of the child or is married to or the partner (including civil partner) of the child’s mother;
  • has or expects to have responsibility for the upbringing of the child

they will be entitled to paternity leave of one whole week or two consecutive weeks, which must normally be completed within 56 days from the birth/adoption of the child and must be taken to care for the child or support the other parent. The rights during and after paternity leave are the same as for maternity leave.

It is currently anticipated that a new system of shared parental leave will be introduced in 2015. We will provide more information on our legal updates page when the plans have been confirmed.