- Eligible employees are entitled to one or two consecutive weeks' ordinary paternity leave and pay, paid at £140.98 per week from 2 April 2017, on the birth or adoption of a child or within up to 56 days' of the birth or adoption.
- Employees, and qualifying agency workers, are entitled to take unpaid time off to accompany their pregnant partner to up to two ante-natal appointments.
- Eligible employees may be able to take periods of shared parental leave (and possibly pay) which must be taken within a year of the child's birth or adoption.
- Employees will lose the right to ordinary paternity leave if they take a period of shared parental leave in relation to the child first.
A Department for Work and Pensions Policy Paper has outlined the proposed new rate for statutory paternity pay (SPP) from April 2018. The statutory rate of SPP is proposed to increase from £140.98 to £145.18 per week.