Paternity Rights at Work

Employees can benefit from a number of entitlements relating to paternity.

We can advise on your paternity rights.

Paternity rights at work

Expecting parents benefit from many rights and protections in the workplace. For expecting fathers, this includes specific paternity rights at work. 

Paternity rules however are not always straightforward, making it challenging for employees to ensure they are being treated fairly and receiving their full legal entitlements both under statute and any potential contractual enhancements.

If you believe your employer is falling short of their responsibilities, you can take action.

Paternity Rights at Work: What you need to know

Paternity rights are typically derived from a combination of statutory entitlements and contractual benefits. 

This can include:

  • Time-off work for antenatal appointments 
  • Paternity pay
  • Paternity leave
  •  Annual leave accrual 
  • Shared parental leave

It is an area of continued change, with additional rights now conferred under shared parental leave. 

In all cases, you will first need to ensure you understand what you are eligible for. You should also take time to understand your obligations as an employee, for example in giving notice to your employer of your intended maternity leave start date.

We can help

DavidsonMorris can advise on all areas of paternity and shared parental rights and flexible working requests.

We work with employees to advise on their rights and provide guidance if you have concerns that you are not receiving your full entitlement for pay and leave, or if you are not being treated fairly or lawfully because you are exercising your paternity rights at work.


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