Paternity leave entitles an employee to a maximum of 2 weeks’ leave within the first 56 days following the birth/placement for adoption of their child and is available to the child’s father or spouse of the mother so that they can care for their child. Statutory paternity pay is available for a maximum of 2 weeks.
Further details of paternity leave can be found at PAT1: How to guidance and PAT3: Paternity Policy.
In contrast, parental leave allows a parent to take up to 18 weeks’ unpaid leave to care for their child.
Minimum service, notice and evidential requirements must be met for both types of leave.
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