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Employment rights for fathers

If you are a working father or about to become one, do you know your employment rights? Take time to think about whether you are getting the paternity and parental leave you may be entitled to.

If you are a new father to be or will share the responsibility with a partner for bringing up a child, you may have the right to Paternity Leave and Pay and Shared Parental Leave. This includes adoptive fathers-to-be.

To qualify for Paternity Leave you need to have worked continuously for your employer for 26 weeks ending with the 15th week before the baby is due, or the end of the week in which the child's adopter is notified of being matched with the child.

For more information on Paternity Leave, including frequently asked questions for employees and employers, visit our page on Paternity leave and pay.

For more information on Shared Parental Leave, visit our page on Shared parental leave and pay.

Do you know you may also be entitled to parental leave?

All parents who have worked for their current employer for at least one year are entitled to unpaid parental leave. You are also entitled to a reasonable amount of unpaid time off work to deal with an emergency involving a dependant.

For more information and to read frequently asked questions for employees and employers, visit our page on working parents.