Paternity leave rights, payment and notice letterPaternity Leave, Pay, Notice and Eligibility

Find out more about your rights and how to notify your employer.

Requesting Paternity Leave

You must notify your employer at least 15 weeks before your baby’s expected due date and tell them when you would like leave to start and how long you intend to take off.  Although this doesn’t have to be in writing, it can often be prudent to confirm a conversation by letter and email and request a copy of the SC3 form, which is the official form pertaining to statutory paternity leave.

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How Much Statutory Paternity Leave am I Entitled to?

Eligible employees are entitled to take 1 or 2 weeks leave but this CANNOT start before the baby is born.  Your paternity leave start date must be one of the following:

  • The actual date of birth
  • An agreed number of days after the baby’s birth
  • An agreed number of days after the expected week of birth

However, all statutory paternity leave must conclude within 56 days of birth (or the EDD if it is a premature baby).

How Much Statutory Paternity Pay am I Entitled to?

In 2014, you are entitled to £138.18 per week or 90% of your average weekly wages, whichever is lower.  Please note, it is subject to tax and  national insurance.

Some employers offer more than statutory paternity pay and this should be clearly set out in their paternity pay and leave policy.

Am I Eligible for Statutory Paternity Pay?

To be considered eligible you must have been

  • Employed for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before birth
  • Earn at least £111 per week (within the 8 week relevant period)
  • Be the father, child’s adopter, or the husband/partner of the mother/adopter


[Note: Information correct at time of publishing, as per the website]