Paternity Leave Rights entitle you to 1 or 2 weeks leave. The Statutory Pay is £139 a week or 90% of your income a week (whichever is lower). These weeks are calculated by your typical working weeks. For example, a week for someone who works 5 days means you get those 5 days off. This must be taken after the birth. You could get between 2 and 26 weeks leave depending on how many weeks leave your partner takes. You are also eligible to accompany the pregnant woman to 2 antenatal appointments. This counts as unpaid leave.
In order to quality for these Paternal Rights, you must be the father or intended parent of the child. You also must be an employee for a company for 26 weeks prior to the qualifying week of 15 weeks before the child is due.
It is important to inform your employer 15 weeks before the child is due. If this is not possible, then you must inform them as early as you can.
At Bloomsbury Law, we understand that this is a very exciting time. We also know that this is a time of a lot preparation and planning. This is why we want you to be clear on your Paternity Rights so you can focus on everything else.
What do I do next?
Contact us online or speak to one of our top employment solicitors on 0207 998 7777 for a free initial consultation. With our vast experience in the field, our employment law team will work with you to ensure this process runs as smooth as possible. All information you provide us with is treated with the utmost confidentiality.
We will contact you no later than the next working day to arrange a meeting at our offices in London W1 to advise on the agreement.