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New fathers are entitled to two weeks' Statutory Paternity Pay if they have been in continuous employment with you for at least 26 weeks prior to the 'notification week'. The 'notification week' is 15 weeks before the baby's due date. In addition, the father must also be earning an average of at least the Lower Earnings Limit per week. Please refer to the Rates and Thresholds page for up-to-date information about the Lower Earnings Limit.

Paternity leave must be taken within a period of 56 days over consecutive weeks, beginning with the date on which the child is born, or, in the case of adoption, on the date on which adoption is approved. SPP is paid either at the statutory rate or 90% of the employee's average weekly earnings, whichever is the lowest. For the current rate of SPP, please refer to the Rates and Thresholds page. If the employee qualifies for Statutory Paternity Pay it is their employer's legal obligation to pay it.

Shared Parental Leave & Pay

If the mother ends her maternity leave, then she and the father can:

  • take the rest of the 52 weeks of maternity leave as Shared Parental Leave
  • take the rest of the 39 weeks of Statutory Maternity Pay as Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP)

Shared parental leave can be taken in up to three blocks, returning to work in between times.  It must all be taken within a year of the child's birth date.

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