Paternity leave and pay

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Eligible employees are entitled to up to two weeks' paid ordinary paternity leave (OPL). Where the child in respect of whom an employee is entitled to OPL is either a baby due before 5 April 2015 or a child placed for adoption before that date, and the mother/adopter returns to work early from maternity or adoption leave, such employees may also be entitled to up to 26 weeks' paid additional paternity leave (APL).

Following the introduction of shared parental leave and pay in April 2015, the right to APL will be repealed. APL will no longer be available where the baby is due 5 April 2015 or a child placed for adoption on or after that date. For further information, see Shared parental leave and pay.

See our Policy - paternity leave (and request forms) and time off to attend antenatal appointments.

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