This Guide looks at the right of employees to take leave when their partners have a baby or when they adopt a child. It covers:

The legal right

Paternity Leave was introduced in 2003. Line Managers need to understand the rules.

Police staff, as employees, do qualify for statutory paternity leave. Police officers are excluded from the statutory right to take paternity leave, however, individual force policies may make certain provisions for police officers with regard to paternity leave.

Paternity leave eligibility

There are some rules about eligibility. If employees want to take advantage of this provision, they must:

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