How do I claim Statutory Paternity Pay?
To claim Statutory Paternity Pay, you must tell your employer when you intend to take leave by the 15th week before your baby is due.
What documents will I need to claim Statutory Paternity Pay?
When you tell your employer that you intend to take paternity leave, they might ask you for self-certificate form SC3. This confirms you have the right to Statutory Paternity Pay. You can download form SC3 (PDF file size 68kb)
When will my Statutory Paternity Pay claim begin?
If you are taking paternity leave for a birth, the leave can start either on the day the baby is born or on a date that has been agreed in advance with your employer. Your paternity leave cannot start before the baby is born, and, if you are agreeing a date later than the birth of your baby, it must be completed within 56 of days of the birth.
If you are taking paternity leave for an adoption, the leave can start either on the day that the child is placed with you, or on a date that has been agreed in advance with your employer. If you are agreeing a later leave date later than the date your child was placed with you, the leave must be completed within 56 days of the adoption date.
Change of circumstances
You must report changes in your circumstances which might affect your entitlement to this benefit.
Shared Parental Leave and Pay
From 5 April 2015, Shared Parental Leave and Pay replaces Additional Paternity Leave entitlement.
You may be eligible for Shared Parental Leave and Pay if your baby is due or placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015.
See the Turn2us Shared Parental Leave and Pay guide for further details.