Statutory Paternity Pay and Leave: employer guide

Notice period

The notice periods and forms are different if the employee is adopting.

Statutory Paternity Leave

Employees must tell you at least 15 weeks before the week the baby is expected:

  • the baby’s due date
  • when they want their leave to start - they can change this with 28 days’ notice
  • how much leave they want

Notice does not have to be in writing unless you request it. Employees can use form SC3 to ask for leave and pay.

Statutory Paternity Pay

Employees must request paternity pay at least 15 weeks before the week the baby is expected using form SC3 (or your own version). Take a copy and give the original back to the employee.

Employees having a baby through a surrogacy arrangement must use form SC4 to request leave and pay.

Late notice

You can delay the leave or pay start date if the employee does not have a reasonable excuse for giving you the wrong amount of notice. To delay it, write to them within 28 days of their leave request.