Paternity – Leave & Pay

A Basic Summary

The Government is committed to helping working parents. Rights to paternity leave and pay have been introduced which are available to employees whose children are expected to be born, or are born, on or after 6 April 2003.

At the same time, the Government is increasing and extending maternity leave and pay, introducing rights to paid leave for adoptive parents, and the right for parents of young children to apply to work flexibly. These rights, together with rights to parental leave and time off for dependants, will provide parents with more opportunities than ever before to balance work and family life, whilst being compatible with, and beneficial to, business efficiency.

This document provides basic information on the new rights to paternity leave and pay. It does not attempt to describe the detail, and should not be taken as an authoritative statement of the law.

Paternity leave and pay is available to employees following the placement of a child for adoption. See Adoptive parents – rights to leave and pay (PL515) for more details.

Following the birth of a child, the new rights to paternity leave and pay will give eligible employees the right to take paid leave to care for the child or support the mother.

This article reproduced under Crown Copyright © 2003-2009

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