Paternity – Leave & Pay


Employees must satisfy the following conditions in order to qualify for paternity leave. They must:

  • have or expect to have responsibility for the child’s upbringing
  • be the biological father of the child or the mother’s husband or partner
  • have worked continuously for their employer for 26 weeks ending with the 15th week before the baby is due .

Employers can ask their employees to provide a self-certificate as evidence that they meet these eligibility conditions.

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