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Standard paternity leave checklist

Standard paternity leave checklist


This checklist sets out the main issues to be considered by an employer when an employee wishes to take paternity leave following the birth of a child. Unless more preferable terms are given, this will be one or two weeks.

Antenatal appointments

Note that prospective fathers (and partners of pregnant women) are entitled to take unpaid time off work to accompany their spouse/partner to two antenatal appointments (each lasting up to 6.5 hours) as a statutory minimum.



As well as satisfying the eligibility criteria set out in the checklist, to be entitled to statutory paternity pay, an employee must be an employed earner (this means that they must be an employee or office holder (for example, a director), pay Class 1 NI contributions and have average weekly earnings of at least the NI contributions lower earnings limit) with at least 26 weeks' service by the 15th week before the week the baby is due or by the week in which the adoptive parent has been notified of a match for adoption.


Other family-friendly rights

The mother or main adopter may choose to curtail their entitlement to maternity or adoption leave/pay and convert the balance into shared parental leave/pay which can be shared with the father or co-adopter

Employees who are parents of children aged under 18 also have the right to take unpaid parental leave for the purpose of caring for a child for whom they are responsible.

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