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A parent may take either one or two weeks' paid paternity leave provided they have 26 weeks' continuous service by the end of the 15th week before the expected date of birth (or by the end of the week in which they are notified of being matched with a child for adoption). This is providing that they will be fully involved in the child's upbringing and are taking time off to support the mother or care for the baby.
They must also be the biological father of the child, or the mother's husband or partner (including same sex relationships), or the child's adopter or the partner of the adopter. Paternity leave can start - with due notice - either on the day the baby is born, or a number of days or weeks after the baby is born, but must end within 8 weeks of the date of birth.
Qualifying individuals would be paid at full pay.