Quick Answer: Can I Take Paternity Leave When I Want?

Can you choose when to take paternity leave?

Taking paternity leave

An employee must inform their employer no later than the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth that they wish to take paternity leave.

An employee can choose for their leave to begin on: the day the baby is born.

a certain number of days after the baby is born.

Can I get fired for taking paternity leave?

According to Park, you can get fired while you’re on leave, but there are a few caveats. “Under these and other laws, an employer can fire an employee while they are on parental leave or pregnant, but they cannot fire an employee because they are on parental leave or pregnant,” Park explains.

How early can you take paternity leave?

Your paternity leave can begin the week your child is born, and it must end at the latest 52 weeks after delivery. It’s up to you when to take your paternity leave during this time. The maximum length of a paternity leave is five consecutive weeks.

How many weeks can a father take paternity leave?

Most American fathers receive no pay during the period after their child is born. New parents (of any gender) rely on federal law (called the Family and Medical Leave Act or FMLA) to protect their job for up to 12 weeks after a birth or adoption.