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Dads Entitlement's


dad and babyHaving a baby brings responsibilites, and it is important to plan ahead.  But just what are dads entitled to?

Time off for antenatal appointments 

You do not have a legal right to time off to accompany your partner, but many companies may be prepared to make allowances.

Ordinary Paternity Leave entitlement

To qualify you must have been with your employer for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the start of the week that the baby is due.

Ordinary Statutory Paternity Pay  

This leave is paid if you earn an average of at least £97 per week and continue to work for your employer up to the date the child is born.  You must tell your employer when you intend to take leave by the 15th week before your baby is due.

You can take either one week or two consecutive weeks, but not odd days.  Leave can start on or following the child's birth, but must be completed within eight weeks of the date of birth (or eight weeks after the due date if the baby is born early).

Additional Paternity Leave and Pay – from April 2011

You may qualify if you are an employee and you are the father of a child due on or after 3 April 2011.

In addition:

  • you must have been with your employer for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the start of the week when the baby is due
  • you must still be employed with that employer the week before you want to start your leave
  • the child's mother must have been entitled to one or more of the following - Statutory Maternity Leave, Statutory Maternity Pay, Maternity Allowance - and have returned to work and ceased claiming any relevant pay

Additional Paternity Leave is for a maximum of 26 weeks. If your partner has returned to work, leave can be taken between 20 weeks and one year after your child is born.

Additional Statutory Paternity Pay is paid if you either:

  • take Additional Paternity Leave
  • are not working for the purposes of caring for your child, during your partner's Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance period

The mother must have:

  • returned to work
  • stopped claiming any relevant pay, with at least two weeks of unexpired Statutory Pay period remaining
    All Additional Paternity Leave taken after the end of the Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance period is unpaid.