When you take time off because your partner’s having a baby, adopting a child or having a baby through a surrogacy arrangement you might be eligible for:
- 1 or 2 weeks’ paid Paternity Leave
- Paternity Pay
- Shared Parental Leave and Pay
This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
Employment rights when on leave
Your employment rights are protected while on paternity leave. This includes your right to:
- pay rises
- build up (accrue) holiday
- return to work
You can get time off to accompany your partner (or the surrogate mother) to 2 antenatal appointments.
If you’re adopting a child, you can get time off to attend 2 adoption appointments after you’ve been matched with a child.