1. Overview

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

You may not get both leave and pay, and there are rules on how to claim and when your leave can start.

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.

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