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Paternity leave

You may be feeling out of your depth when working out what you are entitled to in relation to paternity leave.

If you are a working father (or another individual listed below on the second bullet point), you are entitled to one or two weeks’ paternity leave when you and your partner have a child.

To qualify for paternity leave for a birth, you must:-

  • have been employed by the same employer for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth;

  • be the biological father of the child, or be married to or be the partner of the baby's mother (this includes same-sex partners, whether or not they are registered civil partners);

  • have responsibility for the child's upbringing and wish to take time off to care for the child or support the mother. This responsibility for the upbringing of the child may be shared with the child's mother; and

  • have given your employer the correct notice to take paternity leave.

If you believe your employer is in breach of any of these statutory rights please contact either Katherine Maxwell or Naomi Greenwood and we will assess your position and talk you through all your options.

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