In all cases the employee must have, or expect to have, the main responsibility (apart from the birth mother/adopter) for bringing up the child, and intend to take time off to look after the child.
If an employee meets all of the above criteria and their contract of employment will continue for the whole period of the planned leave, they will qualify for the University’s contractual paternity pay scheme, under which an employee is entitled to receive up to two weeks’ pay paid at their normal full-rate of pay.
With effect from 1 January 2020 employees will no longer require 26 weeks service at the end of the qualifying week to be eligible for the University’s full pay paternity leave scheme. As long as they have started work with the University, as an employee, by the EWC they will be eligible for two weeks leave at the rate of full pay. However, they will not qualify for Statutory Paternity Leave. This guidance will be updated with revised guidance in January 2020.