You can get Statutory Paternity Pay to help you take one or two weeks off work when your wife, partner or civil partner gives birth or adopts a baby.

Your employer pays the Statutory Paternity Pay. You will receive a standard statutory weekly rate or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is less.

To claim Statutory Paternity Pay you must tell your employer when you intend to take your leave at least 15 weeks before the baby is due (or within seven days of being told by the adoption agency that you have been matched with a child).

Your employer may ask you for Form SC3. This confirms you have the right to be paid Statutory Paternity Pay.

For full details of eligibility, additional leave and how to claim Ordinary and Additional Statutory Paternity Pay, click here.

Further details and advice is available at the following links:

Guide to Maternity Benefits

A detailed Guide to Maternity Benefits is availaible at GOV.UK. Alterternatively check your parental rights at work at CitizensAdvice.

Further details and advice is availble from MoneyHelper and Turn2Us.

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