Do I have to take paternity leave right at the start?

Do I have to take paternity leave from the day my baby is born? I expect my in-laws and my parents will be around a lot in the first fortnight after my daughter is born in the summer. Can I take my paternity leave a few weeks later?

Dads

 

All dads have questions. That’s never been truer than in the current crisis. And here are workingdads.co.uk we want to help men deal with all aspects of being a working dad.

That’s why we’ve brought together a team of experts to help. We call them…The Dadvengers!

This week HR ace Kerry Howard of People Puzzles has a simple answer for a dad-to-be with a simple question. 

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In a nutshell, absolutely you can take your leave later!  The rules around paternity leave do allow for a delay, you can take it in a block of one or two weeks any time from the date your baby is born, as long as it has ended 56 days (8 weeks) after the birth. Don’t forget too, that if you have notified your employer of the date you wish to start paternity and you wish to change it, that you need to give 28 days notice.

Congratulations on your impending new addition to your family!





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