Managing your employee's paternity leave and pay

If your employee is adopting and claiming Statutory Paternity Pay

An employee who's adopting may be eligible for Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP).

To get SPP, your employee must have worked for the same employer for 26 weeks before:

  • the end of the week they’re told they’ve been matched with a child, for adoption in the UK
  • the date the child enters the UK, for overseas’ adoption

They must take their paternity leave and pay within 56 days of:

  • the placement date, for UK adoptions
  • the date the child enters the UK, for overseas adoptions

Their SPP should continue while it was due if the adoption placement does not work out ('disrupted placement'), for example:

  • the placement does not go ahead
  • the child has to return to the agency
  • the child dies

Find out more about paternity pay

Notice when claiming Statutory Paternity Pay for adoption

To claim SPP, the employee must tell you of the adoption no more than 7 days after the date they're told they’re matched with a child. 

If they have a good reason not to give you the appropriate notice, they must give it as soon as they reasonably can.

Employees can use HMRC's forms to tell you they want to claim leave or pay for adoption. They can find HMRC's forms on GOV.UK.