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In the UK, an employed father is entitled to a minimum paternity leave of two weeks after the birth of the child.
Since April 3rd, 2011, each partner can now take six months of parental leave. The rule is also applicable for parents who are adopting a child.
According to the BBC online, a new father can take time off to share child care responsibilities with his partner for the first year after the baby arrives.
Under the paternity right rule, the father is entitled to receive £128.73 a week or 90% of his average weekly earnings, whichever is more.
In light of this new change, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber stated that this will allow people to manage their professional and family life in a better manner.
As family structure changes, the decision to allow either parent to look after their child rather than granting paternal leave rights solely to the mother is a more modern approach to parenting and helps to manage the work-life balance in families.
Applying for paternity leave
When you apply for paternity leave you will be required to share certain information with your employer. There are self-certificates available on the HM Revenue and Customs website.
If you need to calculate your leave duration and pay, you can also visit the Directgov website.