Fathers are entitled to take paid paternity leave of either one or two weeks to care for their new baby. Paternity leave remains available despite the introduction of the shared parental leave provisions.

The NHS contractual adoption pay scheme entitles fathers to two weeks’ paid leave at full pay, provided they have 12 months’ continuous service. Reasonable paid time off will also be allowed to attend antenatal classes.

Paternity leave is also available to adoptive fathers and people in a same-sex relationship, providing the qualifying criteria are met.

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