Paternity


Last updated 1 July, 2018

Principle and statement of intent

Following the birth of a child, male employees (fathers only), or following placement for adoption (either gender), you will be eligible to take paid leave to care for the child or support the mother or adopter if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • You have or expect to have responsibility for the child’s upbringing;
  • You have or expect to have main responsibility for the child’s upbringing with the adopter
  • You are the biological father of the child or the mother’s husband or partner;
  • You are either married to, in a civil partnership with or be the partner of the child’s adopter;
  • You have been continuously employed for 26 weeks leading into the fifteenth week before the actual date of confinement;
  • You have been continuously employed for 26 weeks ending with the week in which the adopter is notified of having been matched with the child;
  • Still be employed on the actual date of confinement;
  • Continue to work for the employer from the week in which the adopter is notified of having been matched with a child up to the date of placement

Length of paternity leave

  • You are entitled to choose to take either one week or two consecutive weeks of paternity leave. Odd days are not acceptable.
  • You are entitled to start your paternity leave on any day of the week following the child’s birth or any time from the date of the child’s placement with the adopter but this leave must be completed,
    • Within 56 days of the actual date of birth or placement;
    • Or if the child is born early, within the period from the actual date of birth up to 56 days after the expected week of confinement;
  • You will only be entitled to one period of leave irrespective of whether more than one child is born as a result of the same pregnancy or where more than one child is placed for adoption on the same date.

Whilst on Paternity Leave all contractual benefits except your pay will be maintained as if you were not absent.

Statutory paternity pay

Statutory Paternity Pay will be paid for either one or two consecutive weeks as chosen by you. SPP is the same standard rate as set by the Government for Statutory Maternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay.

You will not be eligible for SPP if your average earnings are below the lower earning limit for National Insurance purposes.

You should inform Bumbles Day Care of the date you expect any payments of SPP to start at least 28 days in advance, unless this is not reasonably practicable.

Notice

Should you wish to take paternity leave you must inform Bumbles Day Care of:

  • Your intention to take paternity leave by the 15th week before the Expected Date of Confinement; or in the case of adoption, no more than seven days after the day that the adopter is notified of having been matched with the child
  • The week the baby is due;
  • Whether you wish to take 1 or 2 weeks leave;
  • When you want your leave to start.

Should you wish to change the date on which you want your paternity leave to start you must inform Bumbles Day Care at least 28 days in advance, unless this is not reasonably practicable.

Self certificate

You must provide Bumbles Day Care with a completed self-certificate and signed declaration, as evidence of your entitlement to SPP and paternity leave.

The above information is given for guidance purposes only and confers no extra rights to you beyond those provided by statute