What's the difference between paternity and parental leave?

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The main difference between paternity leave and parental leave lies in the person who gets the leave, while maternity leave is only for pregnant women.

Paternity leave is a job-protected period of leave for employed men. Parental leave is a job-protected period of leave for employed parents, which is often supplementary to maternity or paternity leave and can be shared between them. Parental leave is available for mothers, fathers, and the partner who stays with the woman giving birth to the child.

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