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When can you take Paternity Leave?

An employee can choose to take paternity leave at any time in the 26 weeks following the birth or adoption.

The employee must notify their employer in writing of their intentions to take paternity leave and provide intended dates no later than 4 weeks before the leave.

When applying an employee is required to provide a certificate from their spouse or partner’s doctor confirming when your baby is due, or confirmation of the baby’s actual date of birth if applying for leave immediately after the birth of the baby.

In the case of adoption, a certificate of placement in relation to the child must be submitted