GRP Rainer Attorneys and Tax Advisors in Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart grprainer.com explain: The Regional Labor Court in Cologne decided (file ref. no.: 7 SA 766/12) that an employee returning to the company after paternal leave is entitled to work on a part-time basis. The plaintiff had been previously employed within a three-shift operation as a full-time employee. After his two-year parental leave, he only wanted to work on a part-time basis from 9:00am until 2:00pm. With his family situation with two children and a wife employed, working a full time position in three shifts did not seem possible.