Paternal Leave

Paternal Leave

Some working parents are entitled by law to unpaid parental leave of up to 18 weeks for each child. This is in addition to other rights. Parental leave can be taken up until a child’s 18th birthday.

Parental leave is available to birth and adoptive parents but also to anyone who has, or expects to have, parental responsibility for a child. Where there are no provisions in an employment contract relating to parental leave rights the statutory provisions will impose a default scheme.

Whilst on leave working parents will still benefit from certain contractual rights and obligations and have the right to return to the same job, or in certain cases a suitable alternative job, after the expiry of the leave.

If you have a query or would like to book an appointment please get in touch with our team on 01256 320555 or email


  • paul-cowdery

    Paul Cowdery

    Litigation & Employment Director

  • Patricia Kinchington

    Legal Secretary

  • Laura Pink

    Legal Secretary