Are you about to become a dad? You have a right to two weeks’ paternity leave, so use this letter to inform your employer about when you would like to take it.
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Dear [name of employer/manager]
Ref: Request for paternity leave
National Insurance No: [add number]
My [wife/partner] is expecting a baby and I will have joint responsibility for the upbringing of the child.
I’m applying to take time off work to support my partner and care for our child. The expected date of birth of our baby is [insert date].
I’d like to start my paternity leave the day the baby is born, whenever this occurs, and to receive my paternity pay from this date.
I understand that if I’m at work when the baby arrives, my leave and pay will start the day after. I would like to take two weeks’ leave and pay.
I hope this is all satisfactory and I look forward to hearing back from you with confirmation of the above.