Paternity leave and pay is available to an employee who is the partner of either a woman who has given birth, someone who is adopting a child or having a baby through a surrogacy arrangement.
If the circumstances apply, women too can be entitled to paternity leave and pay given the way the law is framed for partners.
However, to qualify for both paternity leave and pay, the employee must first meet certain qualification criteria.
This guide will help you deal with the administration of paternity leave and pay. It will also help you understand the contractual issues surrounding employees on paternity leave and what rights they have on their return to work.
It also suggests how you could offer enhanced paternity leave and pay arrangements to attract and retain employees.