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paternity leave and pay

  • Who is entitled to paternity leave?  more...
  • I'd like to take paternity leave. What notice do I need to give my employer?  more...
  • Can I change the date my paternity leave starts?  more...
  • What happens to my job terms and conditions while I'm on paternity leave?  more...
  • Am I entitled to return to the same job after paternity leave?  more...
  • Am I entitled to Statutory Paternity Pay?  more...
  • When can my Statutory Paternity Pay start?  more...
  • How much is Statutory Paternity Pay?  more...
  • My employer says that paternity leave regulations don't apply to me as I'm not an employee. Is this true?  more...
  • Don't paternity rights only apply to men in married couples?  more...
  • What happens to my Statutory Paternity Pay entitlement if I work during the time I am being paid it?  more...
  • Are there any circumstances under which I cannot claim Statutory Paternity Pay?  more...
  • Can my employer dismiss me if they think I'm going to take paternity leave or if I've asked to take paternity leave?  more...
  • Am I still entitled to take paternity leave if my child is born prematurely?  more...
  • What happens to my entitlement if the child is stillborn or dies?  more...
  • Am I entitled to more paternity leave if it is a multiple birth?  more...

further information

paternity: Know your rights leaflet

workSMART Know Your Rights

Download our Know Your Rights leaflet on paternity leave and pay as a pdf file

(you will need Adobe Acrobat to view this file, click here for free downloads of this software)

The Department of Work and Pensions site also has useful information on Statutory Paternity Pay.

You may also be entitled to paternity leave and pay if adopting. Read our adoption leave section for more information.