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Paternity Leave and Pay

The right to Paternity Leave and Pay allows eligible employees to take paid leave to care for their baby or to support the mother following birth. Employees can take either one week’s, or two consecutive weeks’ paternity leave and during this time may be entitled to Paternity Pay.

If you are an employer you may also wish to visit the Business Link website, which provides practical advice for business.

If you are an employee please refer to the Directgov website which has information on all employment rights including work and families

If you require further help Acas produce a number of useful guidance publications for both employers and employees.  Acas also operate a helpline to answer employment questions: 08457 47 47 47 (open from 08.00 - 18.00 Monday to Friday).

Links to these and other useful sources of information and guidance can be found on the right hand side of this page. 

Employment advisors and practitioners will find our detailed guidance on Paternity Pay and Leave helpful.

Working fathers. Rights to leave and pay: guide for employers and employees

This guidance is also available in Bengali, Chinese, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Somali, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese and Welsh. Use link on right hand side of this page.