Last update 21.10.2022
Paternity leave (also known as 'Pappecongé') is a special type of leave lasting 10 days long, which is granted to the father (employee or apprentice) on the birth of a child, or on the arrival of an adopted child under the age 16.
In principle, the leave may be taken according to the worker's wishes, unless these conflict with the business's operational needs. Failing an agreement between the employee and their employer, the leave must be taken all at once, and immediately after the event (the birth or adoption of a child).
The State will cover the cost of the paternity leave from the third day of absence, but only if the employer has filed a request for such coverage with the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy (Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de l’Economie sociale et solidaire).
New fathers, whether in employed positions or apprenticeships.
In principle, employers must grant the leave according to the worker's wishes, unless they conflict with the business's operational needs.
Paternity leave will only be granted upon the presentation of:
Employees must inform their employer, in writing, at least 2 months before the date on which they plan to take their paternity leave.
If the employee fails to comply with this deadline, the employer can decide to reduce the duration of the leave to 2 days.
Employers must file an application for refund of salaries paid in advance with the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy within 5 months of the child's date of birth or arrival date.
This information must be provided together with:
The days of paternity leave are covered by the State from the third day of leave.
For this purpose, the employer must submit a refund application to the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy:
The application must contain the following information:
The salary taken into account for the reimbursement is capped at 5 times the social minimum wage for unskilled workers.
The employer's contributions are calculated based on this information.
The employer must specify the days of leave taken by the employee and will receive a summary table with the total amount they can reclaim, subject to any checks. If the employer does not agree with this amount, they can change the data by providing a breakdown for each day of leave. In that case, the employer will receive a new summary.
The employer will then need to print out the document entitled 'récapitulatif pour être signé par le salarié' (Summary to be signed by employee), and give it to the employee. The document must be signed by both the employer and the employee.
Employers must include the following supporting documents with their application:
The paternity leave will last 10 days, provided the employee has notified their employer at least 2 months before the date on which they plan to take their leave.
If the employee fails to comply with this notice requirement, the employer can decide to reduce the duration of the leave to 2 days.
Paternity leave may be split, rather than taken all at once. If the leave is split, it must be taken within 2 months of the birth or adoption.
Failing an agreement between the employee and their employer, the leave must be taken all at once, and immediately after the event (the birth or adoption).
Employees who work part-time – either because they are on a part-time contract, or because they are on part-time parental leave – are also entitled to 10 days of paternity leave. However, the normal working time taken into account for the reimbursement may vary.
The salary paid in advance by the employer corresponds to the hours the employee would have worked on the day they decided to take a day of paternity leave.
In the event of multiple births, the father will only be entitled to one period of paternity leave, as the event triggering the leave is the birth itself.
If the employee is ill (for one or more days) during the predetermined period of paternity leave, the leave corresponding to those days will be lost.
If the planned paternity leave has to be rescheduled – in particular, in the event of a premature birth – and the leave then falls within a planned period of annual leave, the period of annual leave will be interrupted for the duration of the paternity leave.
Application for reimbursement of paternity leave or adoption leave
Demande de remboursement de congé de paternité ou d'accueil d'un enfant
Erstattungsantrag für einen Vaterschaftsurlaub oder einen Urlaub zur Aufnahme eines Kindes zwecks einer Adoption
Application for reimbursement of paternity leave or adoption leave for a child under 16 who is being adopted
Demande de remboursement de congé de paternité ou d'accueil d'un enfant de moins de 16 ans en vue de son adoption
Erstattungsantrag für einen Vaterschaftsurlaub oder einen Urlaub zur Aufnahme eines Kindes unter 16 Jahren zwecks einer Adoption