A woman carries the baby, gives birth to the baby and is expected to have some time away from work to care for the baby, but what about Dads?  What paternity rights to pay and leave do men have when their partner gives birth?  We’re going to look at the pay and leave options for fathers….

If you are the baby’s father, the husband or partner of the mother, the adoptive father or the intended parent of a baby born through surrogacy and will be taking time off to look after the child, you may be eligible for paternity leave.  In order to quality, you’ll need to meet the following conditions:

  • be an employee
  • have worked for your employer continuously for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth (known as the ‘qualifying week’)
  • give the correct notice

How long can Paternity Leave last?

Standard paternity leave is either 1 or 2 weeks (even if your partner has had twins, triplets or more).  If you’re part time, a week’s leave will reflect the days/hours that you usually work.  Your paternity leave doesn’t have to be taken immediately, but it must be after the baby is born and within 56 days of the birth.

You’ll need to tell your employer at least 15 weeks before the baby is due, and inform them of the baby’s due date, when you’d like your leave to start and whether you’d like 1 or 2 weeks.  This is also a good time to request Paternity Pay.

Will I get Paternity Pay?  How much?

In order to qualify for Paternity Pay, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • have worked for your employer continuously for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth (known as the ‘qualifying week’)
  • be employed by your employer up to the date of birth
  • earn at least £112 a week (before tax)
  • give the correct notice

As with SMP, Statutory Paternity Pay is set at £139.58 or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is lower.