Hi I wondered if anyone could help me? Our second baby is due in just over a week, and my fiancé has been signed off work due to and accident. If baby was to come whilst my fiancé is signed off, would he have to take this week as his paternity leave or should he still be entitled to take the paternity after his sick leave is up?? Louise Kelly.

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September - posted on 02/27/2012

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Yes he is entitled to paternity leave after using up his sick leave regardless of when the baby is born. Or at least that's how it works in the state I live in. I mean if he’s on sick leave for a another reason then having a baby will not make the reason he’s on sick leave go away. So once he’s better then we can start his paternity leave.

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