Men's Entitlements To Paternity Leave

While most people know about maternity leave and the rights and entitlements associated with that, fewer people know exactly what rights fathers get. At eSlip payroll service solutions, we believe that paternity leave is just as important as maternity leave, so have created this brief guide on the subject to help you know exactly what new fathers are entitled to.

How much leave do I get?

Any new father that is employed is entitled to either one or two weeks of paternity leave, and it is your choice as to whether you take one or two weeks, although this time allowed off is the same even for multiple births. In order to be eligible for this, you must have been working with the same employer for 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the due date.

However, if you have worked for the same employer for over a year, then you can take additional time off, which must be discussed with your employer in advance, although this extra time off will be unpaid.

How much money do I get?

Unless your employer has actively stated that they will pay over the government’s set amount, you will receive £145.18 per week (for the 2018/2019 tax year), or 90% of your weekly earnings, whichever is lower. The money that you receive will be paid in the same way that your normal wages are.

How do I get paternity leave?

If you are looking to take paternity leave then you must inform your employer of this in the form of written notice around week 25 of your partner’s pregnancy. You can write this letter yourself or can find a formal template online.

Can I get time off for my partner’s appointments?

As a father to be, you are entitled to attend a minimum of two antenatal appointments, although these will be unpaid. For each of these, you are allowed six and a half hours of time off, although your employer may choose to give you longer should you need it.


It is important to note that agency workers must have been doing a job for at least 12 weeks before qualifying for this unpaid leave.

What happens if I don’t qualify for paternity leave?

For anyone who does not meet the requirements for paternity leave, then you can discuss taking unpaid leave with your employer or arranging your annual leave around the due date. Equally, regardless of your eligibility, you are legally entitled to take unpaid emergency leave to attend the birth of your child.


At eSlip we are payroll service providers for small businesses and know that paternity leave is an important issue, we pride ourselves in helping our clients through this and all other challenging circumstances.


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