Paternity pay and leave
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
- Shared Parental Leave, if your child was due or placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015
Work out your paternity leave dates online.
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.