Working parents with one year’s employment with their employer are entitled to unpaid parental leave to care for a child. The right applies to parents and to a person who has obtained formal parental responsibility.
The entitlement is 18 weeks of parental leave for each child and the employee’s right to take the leave last until the child’s 18th birthday.
The employee will remain employed while on parental leave. Where the leave taken is for a period of 4 weeks or less, the employee will be entitled to go back to the same job. If the leave is for more than 4 weeks an employee is guaranteed the right to return to the same job as before, or, if that is not practicable, a similar job which has the same or better status, terms and conditions as the old job.
There is a separate right to Time Off For Family and Dependants, which is intended to emergencies involving the employee’s family and dependants.
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