Paternity leave is back in the spotlight after New York Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy, decided to take his contractually guaranteed three days of paternity leave for the birth of his son—a decision which resulted in his absence from two games, including the season opener. Public criticism of Murphy’s paternity leave sparked a media controversy and has left many employers wondering what type of parental leave options (if any) they are required to offer to new dads. The following questions and answers provide guidance on the requirements pertaining to paternity leave under federal and state laws.

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