My partner notified his boss that he would like to take parental leave and attend the birth of our first child. Since he

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Customer: My partner notified his boss that he would like to take parental leave and attend the birth of our first child. Since he is the only chef who works in the business he boss offered to give him two weeks paid leave if he delayed his entitlement. We agreed and gave the dates which we would like to take. Now his boss has changed his mind and is asking for the exact dates within the 21 day timeframe post birth that my partner will take the unpaid parental leave. Its hard to say what dates since we only have the estimated due date. Legally where do we stand in the situation and how can we manage the situation so it is fair for all parties.
JA: Has your partner discussed this with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?
Customer: They do not have HR and the owner is his manager/boss. No we have not discussed with a lawyer yet.
JA: Is the workplace "at will" or union? Is the job hourly or salaried?
Customer: At will. Salary position.
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No not at this stage.
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That is unreasonable since the time the child is due is uncertain. He needs to have a discussion with the employer and tell them that you cannot give exact dates, and that you would like to do so but it is impossible. Tell them you have the estimated due date but cannot be more precise. No doubt they want to get a temp in while he is away. Otherwise you may end up with your partner starting the leave and not being there when the child is born

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