We believe that the fact that you are having a baby shouldn’t affect your financial situation or unduly impact your options when you return to work.
For that reason our paternity leave and pay scheme goes beyond your statutory entitlement. You should take as much time as you need from your child’s birth until they are one year old. If you require additional time off towards the end of your partner’s pregnancy you can take this as needed.
You will receive your normal salary throughout your period(s) of paternity leave.
You don’t need to take it all off in one go, but can break it up as you need to. If you require additional time off to support your partner through complications or illness during pregnancy that can be taken in addition.
You retain all the usual rights and protections that apply to employees who are on paternity leave. For that reason we do still require a few things from you.
Firstly please inform us as soon as possible that you will be requiring paternity leave, ideally by the end of the fifteenth week of your partner’s pregnancy.
We would also ask that you let us know by this time when you want your paternity leave to begin. You can usually elect that it starts on the birth of your child, a certain number of days after birth, or on a fixed date after the due date. We will however try to flexible if you want to make a change later.
We are also happy to consider letting you begin paternity leave before birth if your partner has complications in their pregnancy and requires additional support. If you can, we would appreciate as much notice as possible. Paternity leave will last until the child is one year old.
Shortly before your paternity leave is due to start we will discuss with you the arrangements for covering your work and the opportunities for you to remain in contact, should you wish to do so, during your leave.
Unless you request otherwise, you will remain on circulation lists for internal news, job vacancies, training and work-related social events.
DURING PATERNITY LEAVE
You minimum holiday entitlement will continue to accrue during paternity leave. If your paternity leave will continue into the next holiday year, any minimum holiday entitlement that is not taken before starting your maternity leave can be carried over.
As you receive full salary during paternity leave any pension arrangements will continue as normal.
We may make reasonable contact with you from time to time during your paternity leave although we will keep this to a minimum. Do please feel free to keep in touch though; for example you are welcome to work on ‘keeping in touch days’ during your time off.
If your partner miscarries take off as much time as you need to emotionally recover. We will do whatever we can to support you throughout this period.
DEATH OF A BABY
If your child is stillborn after 24 weeks, or dies subsequent to birth, you are entitled to the same opportunity for leave during the first year.
RETURN TO WORK
Let us know when you plan to return to work so that we can plan accordingly. At this point it’s a good time to raise any needs that you have. You can have a staged return to work, starting out part-time and taking on more work over the period of a few weeks.
YOUR STATUTORY RIGHTS
In addition to the above, you are entitled to the statutory rights of the country in which you are employed.