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Is a new father entitled to Paternity Leave?

Does anyone know if a father should get paternity leave from his job? If so for how long? he has been at his job for over five years. If he is entitled to one, how long? Where can I find out? Some kind of handbook or anything i can check? I don't want him to have to ask his boss, he is kinda tempermental.

Asked By: HEAVENLY - 12/6/2007
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Yep, it's considered a part of FMLA (Family Leave Medical Act). It's up to 12 weeks unpaid leave, but anyone should check with the company. As long as he works for a company with more than 50 employees, the company is supposed to follow the rules... More
Answered By: Denise - 12/6/2007
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Yes
Answered By: Nodor - 12/6/2007
 
Even in the dang MILITARY, they get Baby leave... and they are basically slaves. I'm sure hubby is entitled to something.
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Answered By: KatScratch - 12/6/2007
 
No. A new father is not physically impaired after childbirth like a new mother is. I don't have any children, so I can't speak from personal experience, but I hear childbirth is quite tiring for the mother.
Answered By: Mercer Devil - 12/6/2007
 
I think it depends on the job. Different companies have different laws about it.
Answered By: Coco - 12/6/2007
 
It really depends on what your companies policy is. Some companies offer paternity leave and others don't. You would have to ask your companies Human Resource Department.
Answered By: Angie G - 12/6/2007
 
As long as the father was earning an income prior to, he is eligible for paternity leave, (it operates much like Unemployment Insurance here in Canada) to the same amount of time allowed for a woman -- up to a year, again, here in Canada. NOTE: FYI, maternity leave and parental leave are different...maternity leave is... More
Answered By: Gamengrl - 12/6/2007
 
Denise is right, FMLA requires employers with a minimum of 50 employees to allow up to 12 weeks unpaid leave for certain family and medical situations. Bonding time with a new child is included in the list of situations. His employer may require him to use his sick/annual/vacation/comp time first, but he would still... More
Answered By: Oppenheimer - 12/6/2007
 
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