Managing your employee's paternity leave and pay

Planning paternity leave

Before paternity leave starts, you and the employee should arrange together the best way to:

  • keep in touch about important changes or news at work
  • plan how work will be covered while they’re on leave

This includes arranging how you'll keep in touch, for example by email.

By law you must tell them about:

  • promotion or other job opportunities 
  • redundancies
  • any reorganisation that could affect their job

You could also tell them about:

  • social events
  • colleagues who are leaving or joining
  • arrangements for their return to work

It's a good idea to:

  • let the employee decide how much or little contact they want, unless the contact is about things you must tell them about
  • remind them they do not have to do any work during paternity leave