Can my employer dismiss me if they think I'm going to take paternity leave or if I've asked to take paternity leave?

It is against the law for your employer to dismiss you, or penalise you in any way, for asking to take Ordinary Paternity Leave (up to two weeks, normally taken around the time of birth) or Shared Parental Leave. This is the case regardless of how long you have worked for your employer.

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