Managing your employee's paternity leave and pay

Returning to work

When the employee returns to work, the job and its terms must remain the same.

Changing how they work

Once their new baby has arrived, the employee might want to change the way they work, for example their working hours.

They might be able to make a flexible working request. Find out about flexible working requests and the eligibility requirements.

Time off for emergencies

Employees have the legal right to reasonable time off to look after a dependant, such as a child or partner. What's 'reasonable' depends on the situation and circumstances involved.

The employee should tell you as soon as possible:

  • the reason for the absence
  • how much time they'll need

This time off is without pay, unless the employee's contract says otherwise.