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Paternity leave and pay policy

Reviewed 30 January 2019

A model paternity leave and pay policy to assist you in managing this event with a best practice method.

Paternity leave and pay

Statutory Paternity Leave is a maximum of two weeks’ leave, following the birth of a child, taken in order to support the mother or care for the new child. It can be taken as a single week or two consecutive weeks. It cannot be taken as odd days or as two separate weeks.

Statutory Paternity Leave must be taken within 56 days of the birth. If the baby is born earlier than expected, it must be taken within 56 days from the date the baby was due.


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