Paternity leave policy

We apply current paternity legislation and statutory entitlements to paternity leave and pay, the provisions for which are covered below.

The table below provides a useful explanation of the terminology used in relation to paternity pay and paternity leave:

Term Definition
Expected Week of Confinement (EWC) The week, beginning on a Sunday, in which it is expected that the baby will be born
Qualifying Week This is the 15th week before the expected week of confinement (EWC)
Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) The amount of money an employee is legally entitled to if they meet the qualifying criteria

Eligibility for Paternity Leave

In order to qualify for ordinary Paternity Leave you must:

If you meet the above requirements, you are entitled to take two weeks’ ordinary paternity leave (you can choose to only take one week if you wish).

If you take two weeks, these must be taken consecutively. Eligibility for paternity leave is not based on hours worked. With the exception of monetary remuneration, all contractual benefits continue during this period.

Notification Requirements

You are requested to notify your manager of the following in writing before or during the qualifying week stating:

If you are adopting you must tell us within seven days of being matched with a child and also inform us of:

If you wish to change the date on which you wish to commence paternity leave you can do so providing that you give us 28 days’ notice.

Taking Paternity Leave

You may commence paternity leave on any day of the week on or following the child’s birth but it must be completed:

Only one period of leave will be available, even if the birth is a multiple birth.


You must provide your manager with a completed self-certification form as evidence of your entitlement to paternity leave.

Time off for Antenatal Care

Prospective fathers and partners of pregnant women, and those becoming parents through a surrogacy arrangement, have the right to unpaid time off to accompany a pregnant woman to two antenatal appointments (per pregnancy).