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Can an employer provide enhanced paternity leave and pay?

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Published on LexisPSL on 30/04/2019

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  • Can an employer provide enhanced paternity leave and pay?

Can an employer provide enhanced paternity leave and pay?

Employees are entitled to paternity leave and statutory paternity pay (SPP) in certain circumstances relating to the birth or placement for adoption of a child or children. Paternity leave can be either one whole week or two consecutive whole weeks. It cannot be broken up into odd days.

In the case of a birth, if paternity leave is taken it must start and finish during the period which begins with the date on which the child is born and:

  1. ends eight weeks (56 days) after the day that the child was born, or

  2. in a case where the child is born before the first day of the expected week of its birth, ends eight weeks (56 days) after the first day of the expected week of its birth

For further information on paternity leave, see Practice Note: Paternity leave and pay.

For information on eligibility for SPP, see Practice Note: Paternity leave and pay—Payment.

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