In England and Wales you have the right to paternity leave if you are a father or partner of someone who is pregnant. For expert legal advice about your paternity rights call 03306069589 or contact us online and we will help you.
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What are My Paternity Rights?
In England and Wales you have the right to two weeks paternity leave, which should be paid at the statutory rate, and an additional paternity leave of up to 26 weeks, if you are a father (natural or adoptive) or partner of someone expecting a baby.
If your partner returns to work six months after her maternity leave, she can transfer the remainder of the six months to you, the father or partner, before your child’s first birthday.
Unfortunately, many employers are not aware of the full range of rights available to new fathers, so an employer may be committing paternity discrimination in a workplace without being aware of it.
How Much is Statutory Paternity Pay?
If you were working for your employer when your partner became pregnant, you should qualify for paternity leave.
As of 6 April 2015, statutory paternity pay is calculated at £138.18 per week or 90% of your weekly earnings if this is lower.
Whilst on paternity leave you are entitled to all the benefits you would normally receive if you were working. If you are currently on paternity leave and this has not been the case, you may be a victim of paternity discrimination.
Requesting Flexible Working Time from an Employer
You have the right to ask your employer for flexible working hours when you return to work after your paternity leave. However, the granting of those hours is not automatic.
Adoption and Paternity Leave
The law around paternity leave in adoption cases can be complex – each case is different. If you believe that you have been treated unfavourably by an employer because of your paternity rights, talk to us. We can help you.
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