What Does the Law Say About Paternity Rights?

How Does Statutory Paternity Leave Work?

If you work, you are entitled to at least one or two consecutive weeks of paternity leave on the birth of the child – some firms allow more. Statutory Paternity Pay is paid.

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Do You Qualify?

To get Statutory Paternity Leave you have to be the:

– Child’s biological or adoptive father, or intended parent (in the event of a surrogate)
– Partner of the child’s mother.

You should have been employed for 26 continuous weeks or more by either:

– The finish of the 15th week prior to the due date week

– The finish of the week when you’re matched with an adoptive child.

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Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave lets you share as many as 50 weeks of parental leave plus 37 weeks of pay with your wife/partner.

The mother must notify the employer to finish her maternity leave. The eligibility criteria are identical to those of Statutory Paternity Leave.

Also, during those 66 weeks prior to the week of the due date (or the week you are matched with an adoptive child) your partner has to:

– Have worked for 26 weeks
– Have earned £390 or more in 13 out of those 66 weeks.

If you need solicitors Manchester has firms such as https://bridgelawsolicitors.co.uk/offices/wilmslow-manchester/.

The government explains paternity pay and leave here: https://www.gov.uk/paternity-pay-leave.

Paternity Pay

The amount of Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Statutory Paternity Pay is the lesser of:

– £145.18 each week
– 90 per cent of your typical weekly earnings.

Statutory Paternity Pay

To be eligible for Statutory Paternity Pay, it’s necessary to have worked for 26 continuous weeks or more before:

– The 15th week prior to the due date
– The finish of the week you are matched with an adoptive child.

You also have to be earning at least £116 a week before tax and carry on working for your employer up until the birth or placement of the child.

Statutory Shared Parental Pay

You can get this if you are eligible for Statutory Paternity Pay and your partner can claim Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity Pay or Statutory Adoption Pay.

Statutory Paternity Leave and Pay

If claiming Statutory Paternity Leave and Pay, it’s necessary to notify your employer 15 or more weeks before the due date.

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