Everything You Need To Know About Paternity Leave
When you take time off because your spouse/partner is having a baby (either naturally, via adoption, or through a surrogacy agreement) you may be entitled to a certain amount of time off work, known as paternity leave.
Who qualifies for paternity pay?
- The father of the baby
- Husband or partners of the mother (or adopter)
- The intended parent (if you’re having a baby via surrogacy)
- The child’s adopter
You also need to:
- Have been employed up to the date the baby is born (or placed with the adoptive parents)
- Give you employer the right amount of notice
- Be taking time off to look after the new baby or your spouse/partner
- Be directly responsible for upbringing of the baby
- Have been working continuously for the same employer for 26 weeks or more up to any day in the ‘qualifying week’ (the 15th week before the baby is due)
Your employer will likely ask you for an SC3 form (becoming a parent) that confirms you qualify for the pay.
You’ll be able to take paternity pay for either one week or two weeks back to back, but not on odd days. If you have two or more jobs, you might be eligible to claim Statutory Paternity Pay from every employer you work for. Remember though that no employer can pay you Statutory Paternity Pay for any weeks that you’re at work.