This pack contains a range of formal request letters for maternity / paternity and adoption leave for use when applying for time off due to a pregnancy, birth or adoption. It also contains a letter applying for permission to bring a dog into the workplace.
Use this document to notify your employer that you wish to take up to two weeks' paternity leave and (if applicable) receive statutory paternity pay, following the birth of a child. It is also suitable if you are adopting or intending to adopt a child from a surrogate mother and you are a one of the couple applying for a parental order.
This letter will help you to work out if you have a statutory entitlement to paternity leave. If you don't, you will still be able to proceed, but the granting of leave will be at your employer's discretion.
This letter is not suitable when you are taking adoption paternity leave (except when adopting through a surrogacy arrangement): please use our 'Paternity leave letter for adoptions' instead.
If you or your partner are adopting a child from within the UK or overseas, use this letter to tell your employer that you wish to take up to two weeks' paternity leave and to provide them with the information legally required before taking it.
It is important that you make this notification in writing, even if you have verbally notified your employer. This letter will also help you to work out if you qualify for statutory paternity leave. If you do not have a statutory entitlement, you will still be allowed to proceed, although please note that approval will be at your employer's discretion.