Ordinary Paternity Leave Policy
The key things that you need to know
Eligibility: As a father or partner (including same sex partner) you are
entitled to two weeks ordinary paternity leave, on the birth or adoption of a
child, regardless of length of service
Providing Notification You must give written notification by either the
15 weeks before expected childbirth, or within seven days of being notified
by the adoption agency of the adoption placement
Leave Entitlement : You can take a maximum of two weeks leave
within 56 days of the date of the child’s birth or adoption placement
Pay during Ordinary Paternity leave: You will be entitled to 2 days’
paid paternity pay; you may also be entitled to full contractual pay during
Ordinary Paternity Leave depending on your length of service
During Ordinary Paternity Leave : While you are away
Returning to work: You have the right to return to the same job you
were doing before taking Ordinary Paternity Leave
Shared Parental Leave (Opens in a new Page)
If your baby is due on or after week commencing 5th April 2015 you may
be able to take Shared Parental Leave.
You may be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare, working parents are able
to apply to open an online childcare account, and for every £8 families pay
in, the government will make a top-up payment of an additional £2, up to a
maximum of £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children).
Parents will then be able to use the funds to pay for registered childcare.
More information about the new T
ax-Free Childcare Scheme (link is
can be found on GOV.UK.
1. As a father or partner (including same sex partner), you are entitled to
two weeks Ordinary Paternity Leave on the birth or adoption of a child, as
long as you meet all the following criteria:
Have, or expect to have, responsibility for the child
Are the biological father of the child or the mother’s husband or
partner; or are the adopter’s spouse or partner
Use the leave to provide support to the child, mother and/or primary
2. To be eligible for Ordinary Paternity Leave, you must give written
notification (link is external)
of your intention to take leave by either the 15th
week before Expected week of Childbirth (EWC), or within seven days of
being notified by the adoption agency of the adoption placement (link is
3. The notification must include:
That you intend to take Ordinary Paternity Leave
The EWC, or expected date of placement for adoption
The date you wish your Ordinary Paternity Leave to start on. This can
either be on a specified date, or immediately following the birth or
4. Once a period of Ordinary Paternity Leave is agreed, you must give 28
days notice of any intention to change it. The Department will not postpone
an Ordinary Paternity Leave request provided it is requested to immediately
follow a birth or adoption placement.
5. You can take a maximum of two weeks leave within 56 days of the child’s
birth or adoption placement. The leave can be taken in blocks of hours,
days or weeks and can be used to temporarily reduce your working weeks.
It cannot be taken prior to the birth or placement and it is not increased for
multiple births. Leave is pro-rated for part-time employees .
6. During Ordinary Paternity Leave an individual retains all terms and
conditions of employment except salary. In the event of a child being still
born the father/partner is entitled to Ordinary Paternity Leave provided the
mother has reached the 24th week of pregnancy.
Pay during Ordinary Paternity Leave
7. Regardless of your length of service provided you are in paid service you
are entitled to 2 days paid Ordinary Paternity Leave (link is external) .
To qualify for 2 weeks paid Ordinary Paternity Leave at your normal rate of
pay you must:
Have worked continuously in the Civil Service for 26 weeks ending
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 (UK adoption), or
the date the child enters the UK (overseas adoptions).
Be in paid service at the time Ordinary Paternity Leave begins.
Employees in receipt of Sick Pay at Pension Rate, those on unauthorised
absence due to industrial dispute and those on part-year appointments
who have a non-working period immediately prior to the start of Ordinary
Paternity Leave are considered to be in paid service
8. If you are in unpaid service at the time Ordinary Paternity Leave begins
you may be eligible for Ordinary Statutory Paternity Pay. Ordinary Statutory
Paternity Pay will not be paid in addition to the normal rate of pay. If you do
not meet the above service criteria for Ordinary Paternity Pay, your Ordinary
Paternity Leave will be unpaid.
9. Individuals on part-year working are only entitled to Ordinary Paternity
Pay at their normal rate during periods of working. Additionally, only periods
of working count towards their 26-week qualifying period. If appropriate,
during non-working periods Ordinary Statutory Paternity Pay will be paid.
(link is external)
10. TUPE/ COSoP transferees – If you have transferred into DWP via a
TUPE or COSoP transfer and have not adopted DWP’s terms and
conditions, you will normally be entitled to paternity pay under the terms of
your previous employer’s contract. You should check your Measures letter
for further information.
During Ordinary Paternity Leave
11. Your manager will put in place arrangements to keep in touch with you
while you are on Ordinary Paternity Leave. During your absence, your
position will be kept open and if required cover will be arranged using
temporary higher-grade working or other cover.
12. If you become ill while on Ordinary Paternity Leave you will remain on
Ordinary Paternity Leave. Illness during the three-month eligibility period will
not allow you to extend the time during which you can take Ordinary
Returning to Work
13. You have the right to return to the same job you were doing before
Ordinary Paternity Leave. This will remain the case if you take a period of
parental leave of up to four weeks following your Ordinary Paternity Leave.
You are protected from suffering detriment or dismissal as a result of taking
Ordinary Paternity Leave.
14. If you are on a fixed term contract that is due to end during Ordinary
Paternity Leave, entitlements are only earned up to the end of the contract
and there is no entitlement to return to a job within the Department.
15. If you would like to return to work using a different working pattern, this
will be considered in line with the Working Patterns Policy .