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Paternity Leave

Hi All,

We had a newborn November 2017, we are doing fine now. If i wanted to apply for a paternity leave to have a break for 1 year am i allowed to apply next year in 2019 ?
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Paternity leave is shared with the mom. If the mom takes 5 months then the other parent can take 7 months.

As far as I know you can't break up the time off. Like, the mom takes 5 months, go back to work for a while, and then the other parent takes 7 months off. I believe the time off has to be consecutive (all within 12 months).
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Just to add, if you don't need to be paid while you are off (as the male), you don't need to split the 12 months. You can even do simultaneously off with your wife.

I did that for a few months and it was a great experience. I got to go to Mommy & newborn groups with my wife, enjoyed the happy singings, and get togethers.

Here's the official website for more info:
https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es ... -leave.php
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You and your partner get a certain amount of time off. You can do it at the same time or she can go first and then you after or give versa. Whatever time you take off takes out of her time. If she's on leave now, and say she's off for 8 months, you could then take the remaining time after her
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Ontario- No, you have to apply within 78 weeks of when baby was born. the start date has to be within 78 weeks after baby was born.
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what if the mom doesn't work? In that case Father can take it all right?
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apnayloags wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2018 12:13 pm
what if the mom doesn't work? In that case Father can take it all right?
Yes he can, but keep in mind that with the father being sole income earner of the household, he will make 55% of his earnings while on parental leave, which for a sole income earner is a huge hit. If the household can afford to take the hit, then by all means go for it.
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kcorscadden wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2018 8:24 pm
Yes he can, but keep in mind that with the father being sole income earner of the household, he will make 55% of his earnings while on parental leave, which for a sole income earner is a huge hit. If the household can afford to take the hit, then by all means go for it.
55% with a maximum of approx $950 bi-weekly. So if you make more than $51,700, you're still only getting 55% of that number.
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kcorscadden wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2018 8:24 pm
Yes he can, but keep in mind that with the father being sole income earner of the household, he will make 55% of his earnings while on parental leave, which for a sole income earner is a huge hit. If the household can afford to take the hit, then by all means go for it.
*55% of insurable earnings
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Mac1986 wrote:
Jul 25th, 2018 8:47 am
Oh so if father is the only person working full time and if he want to take paternity leave, he is getting only 55 % of his original earnings ?
It's possible your company may have a "top-up" for paternity leave, for 6 weeks or something along those lines.

However, I believe most companies only do that for maternity leave.
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Mac1986 wrote:
Jul 25th, 2018 8:47 am
Oh so if father is the only person working full time and if he want to take paternity leave, he is getting only 55 % of his original earnings ?
*insurable earnings
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konfusion666 wrote:
Jul 25th, 2018 10:23 am
It's possible your company may have a "top-up" for paternity leave, for 6 weeks or something along those lines.

However, I believe most companies only do that for maternity leave.
I think that's only for maternity leave.
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aizecarla wrote:
Jul 25th, 2018 3:20 pm
I think that's only for maternity leave.
AFAIK, the top-up is totally a "company" benefit and is totally at the discretion of the company. So theoretically, there could be companies out there which provide 6 weeks top-up benefit for pat leave as well.
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aizecarla wrote:
Jul 25th, 2018 3:20 pm
I think that's only for maternity leave.
depends where you work. Some places will top up for up to 35 weeks for fathers. the first 17 weeks belong to the mother only.

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