Parental Leave Rights

Employed parents with one year of service with their employer are entitled to take a period of unpaid parental leave to care for a child.

Unpaid Parental Leave

Employed parents are entitled to unpaid parental leave.

The leave must be to care for a child.

They need to have employee status and to have worked for their current employer for at least a year before the right applies to them.

The right to parental leave 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.

Taking Parental Leave

Employees can take parental leave in blocks or multiples of one week:

  • after giving 21 days’ notice;
  • up to a maximum of four weeks leave in a year;
  • the leave must be taken in blocks of a week.

Parents of disabled children have the flexibility to take leave a day at a time or longer if they wish.

The leave can be postponed by the employer for up to 6 months in certain circumstances. Leave cannot be postponed when the employee gives notice to take it immediately after the time the child is born or is placed with the family for adoption.

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 emergencies involving dependants.


Working Parents

Time Off For Dependants


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Last Updated on December 15, 2020 by Admin