Paternity Leave for Private Sector Employees.

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It is the mother who actually delivers the child, father plays an equally important role. A father is expected to be emotionally and physically available for both, mother and child, before and after the delivery.

Also, role of father becomes more important while looking and searching for best possible hospital/clinic/tests for cost incurred and kind of treatment and care.

The Central Government in 1999 by notification under Central Civil Services (Leave) Rule 551 (A) made provisions for paternity leave for a male Central Government employee (including an apprentice and probationer) with less than two surviving children for a period of 15 days to take care of his wife and new born child.

While paternity leave is sanctioned for government employees, there is not any such law that indoctrinates the private sector to make it obligatory.

Hence, paternity leave is open to interpretation by individual companies.