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This document is a letter that can be used to notify an employer of an employee's intention to take Ordinary Paternity Leave, where they are eligible to do so. It fulfils the employee's duty to notify the employer of any intended paternity leave and requests that the employer responds with further information regarding pay.
This letter can be used where the father to be is adopting the child or where he is the child's biological father. The document can be amended to reflect the date of the baby's expected arrival and the date upon which the person requesting maternity leave wants to begin their period of leave.
It is recommended that the employee who is applying for Ordinary Paternity Leave check any employment contract or employee handbook they may have received from their employer in relation to any rights granted to them regarding paternity leave and pay.
How this letter should be used
This letter should be signed by the employee and sent to the employer that the employee requesting paternity leave from. It should be sent at least 15 weeks before the expected birth date. The employee can choose to send the relevant form SC3, form SC4 or form SC5 requesting paternity pay alongside this letter.
Once the letter has been received by an employer they should respond within 28 days confirming the start and end dates of the relevant paternity leave period.
Employment Rights Act 1996
The Employment Act 2002
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