When you take time off because your partner’s having a baby or adopting a child you might be eligible for:
- 1 or 2 weeks paid Ordinary Paternity Leave
- up to 26 weeks’ paid Additional Paternity Leave - but only if the mother / co-adopter returns to work
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 don’t have the right to time off for antenatal appointments, but the person who is pregnant does.