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What You Need to Know About Paternity Leave

Many companies offer maternity leave, but what about paternity leave? It is actually becoming more popular for companies to offer time off for new dads, but not all states are required to offer paid paternity leave.

What Exactly is Paternity Leave?

Paternity leave is the time the father takes off of work after the birth or adoption of a child. This is rarely paid time off, but since California has started offering some paid leave, it is becoming more of a trend. California was the first state to offer 6 weeks off of paid paternity leave.

What Does the Federal Law Say About Paternity Leave?

Under federal law, most companies must offer a maximum of 12 weeks of unpaid family leave, where you will be guaranteed to return to work under the same working conditions with the same seniority, salary and benefits. You must make your request at least 30 days before you plan to take your leave. The eligibility that needs to be met for unpaid paternity leave under federal law includes you needing to currently work for your company for at least 20 weeks in a calendar year and are a federal, local, government employee or work for a public or private school or a company with 50 or more employees. Keep in mind, you must have worked for your employer for at least 1 year and have completed at least 1,250 hours of work, which comes out to be 25 hours a week for 50 weeks.

Where does Arizona Stand on Paternity Leave?

The state regulations mainly cater to government workers and there are differences between state and private employees when it comes to some issues in Arizona. But Arizona doesn’t have their own paternity law and follows federal law. It is a good idea to always speak with your company and the human resource department to know where they stand on paternity leave.

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