Paternity pay and leave

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Eligibility

You must be taking time off to look after the child and be one of the following:

  • the father
  • the husband or partner of the mother (or adopter) - this includes same-sex partners
  • the child’s adopter
  • the intended parent (if you’re having a baby through a surrogacy arrangement)

There are extra conditions you need to meet to qualify for leave and pay.

You cannot get Paternity Pay and Leave if you’ve taken paid time off to attend adoption appointments.

Paternity Leave

You must:

The ‘qualifying week’ is the 15th week before the baby is due. This is different if you adopt.

Paternity Pay

You must:

The ‘qualifying week’ is the 15th week before the baby is due. This is different if you adopt.

If you usually earn an average of £120 or more a week, and you only earned less in some weeks because you were paid but not working (‘on furlough’) under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, you may still be eligible.

If you lose your baby

You can still get Paternity Leave or Pay if your baby is:

  • stillborn from 24 weeks of pregnancy
  • born alive at any point during the pregnancy

If you’re not eligible

Your employer must tell you within 28 days if you do not qualify and why using form SPP1.