You must tell your employer at least 15 weeks before the week the baby is expected:
- the baby’s due date
- when you want your leave to start, for example the day of the birth or the week after the birth
- if you want 1 or 2 weeks’ leave
Work out when to tell your employer you want Paternity Leave online.
Your employer can ask for this in writing. You can ask for Paternity Pay at the same time, if you use form SC3 (or your employer’s own version).