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At Kew Law our expert team of solicitors can help you deal with any paternity issues you may face in the workplace. We have the knowledge and the expertise to assist new fathers and partners in cases of paternity discrimination at work.

Paternity rights in the UK

New fathers – whether they are natural or adoptive – or the child’s mother’s partner (whether they are male or female) are entitled to two weeks’ paternity leave at the statutory rate of pay. In addition to statutory paternity leave, they may also be entitled to take up to 26 weeks of additional paternity leave. If the baby’s mother returns to work before her first year of maternity entitlement has expired, the child’s father can take the remainder of the time as paternity leave.

Fathers and partners may also wish to adapt their working hours to work more flexibly following the birth of a baby.

Many employers are not aware of the rights that employees have to paternity support leave and it is far from uncommon for employers to be less accepting of requests for leave or flexible working from fathers or partners than from mothers.

If you are experiencing paternity discrimination issues at work our experienced solicitors can help you to solve your problems through careful and sensitive negotiation with your employer. We can also represent you through more formal litigation if necessary.

Contact us for an initial discussion and to make an appointment to discuss your case. Call us on 0333 322 1000 or 0800 987 8156 to speak to a specialist employment law solicitor.

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