• Statutory paternity leave is a form of leave that enables parents to spend time with their new family. Paternity leave is quite separate from parental leave or shared parental leave.

  • In order to take statutory paternity leave, employees must meet certain qualifying criteria. The employee must have at least 26 weeks’ continuous service with their current employer, have or expect to have responsibility for the child’s upbringing and be the spouse or partner of the mother/adopter. The employer will confirm whether the employee qualifies.

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