Statutory Paternity Pay

Key facts about Paternity Pay

Key facts about Paternity Pay

Statutory Paternity Pay is paid when an employee takes time off when their partner is having a baby or adopting a child. Employees can apply for 1 or 2 weeks paid Ordinary Paternity Leave and up to 26 weeks paid Additional Paternity Leave as long as the mother or co-adopter returns to work. The statutory weekly pay for Ordinary Paternity Pay and Additional Paternity Pay is £139.58 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings – whichever is less.

To qualify for Ordinary Paternity Pay, the employee:

  • Must have been working for you continuously for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of the baby’s birth.
  • Must earn at least £112 a week before tax.
  • Must be employed by you up to the date of the birth.

To qualify for Additional Paternity Pay:

  • The baby’s mother should have qualified for Statutory Maternity Leave or Pay, Maternity Allowance, or Statutory Adoption Leave or Pay.
  • The baby’s mother must have now returned to work and no longer receives any of the above-mentioned payments.
  • The employee must have been working for you continuously for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of the baby’s birth.
  • The employee must still be working for you the week before leave or pay starts.
  • The employee must earn at least £112 a week before tax.
  • The employee must confirm the start and end dates of their partner’s leave, and that their partner has at least 2 weeks left of their maternity or adoption pay.
  • The employee must give the correct notice.

This information is intended as a referencing guide only. Please visit the HMRC website for more detailed information and current updates.

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