Paternity Leave Checklist

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Paternity Leave Checklist

Paternity leave enables you to take time off for the birth or adoption of a child. Welcoming a new child into your family is a magical experience that should be shared with your partner.

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If you’re expecting a bundle of joy you’re entitled to paternity leave of up to two weeks to get to know your new child.

Both mums and dads are entitled to maternity leave or paternity leave to share in this special occasion.

Paternity Leave Checklist

Take time off for the birth or adoption of a child.
Written Notice

Paternity Certificate – At least 15 weeks before the baby is due.

Confirmed Expected Date

Leave cannot start before the birth.

Antenatal Appointments

You can take unpaid leave for 2 antenatal appointments.

Document Job

List all tasks performed, projects etc.

Note who has the ability or skills to cover.

Statutory Paternity Pay

Apply for paternity pay using form SC3

Confirm Expected Return Date

Must end within 56 days of the birth.

NOTE: You must have been continuously employed by your employer for at least 26 weeks up to any day in the ‘qualifying week’ making it the 15th week before the baby is due.

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