Are there any circumstances under which I cannot claim Statutory Paternity Pay?

If you are sick when your paternity leave period is due to begin, you cannot claim both Statutory Sick Pay and Statutory Paternity Pay. If your sickness begins before your leave period starts, you can postpone your leave period to begin at a later date and give notice to your employer of this change. However you must take your paternity leave within eight weeks of the child’s birth or placement, and you cannot extend the leave or pay period beyond that time.

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