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Blog: Claiming Paternity Pay While Contracting

November 25, 2014

It’s not only the mother that gets time off work and pay, the father can also take time off and receive statutory paternity pay while working as a contractor.

What paternity rights does a contractor have?

It’s not only the mother that gets time off work and pay, the father can also take time off and receive additional paternity pay.

What’s the deal?

New fathers contracting in the UK are entitled to at least two weeks’ paternity leave. 

You must have a contract of employment and have been working for the same employer for 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the week your baby is due.

You can choose to have one or two weeks’ paternity leave, and when to take it, but it must begin:

·      On the day your baby is born

OR

·      A number of days or weeks after the birth

OR

·      From a specific date after the first day of the week the baby is due.

If you have more than one year’s service you can also take (unpaid) parental leave to have more time off.

How much pay will the Father get?

Unless your employer is more generous, you will receive Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP). This is a maximum of £138.18 a week in tax year 2014/15 – or 90% of your average earnings – whichever is lower.

Unfortunately, there’s no equivalent for self-employed fathers to claim. So if you’re self-employed you’ll need to plan ahead to have time off. 

If you have any further questions on claiming paternity pay while contracting please contact one of our experts on 0203 713 4530 or email contact@carringtonumbrella.co.uk 

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