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It is an exciting time in the lead up to your maternity leave. Here are some key steps to take in order to obtain parental leave from your workplace.
You must supply your employer with written notice of your intention to take parental leave. This should occur ten weeks before your due date. You may prefer to notify your employer of your intentions earlier than this and this can be helpful for them.
It is important to be aware that if you need to go on leave sooner than you intended, for instance, if bub is very premature, you are still entitled to take leave.
There are some important things to include in your letter of notice to your employer:
You must confirm your parental leave dates with your employer a minimum of 4 weeks prior to commencing your leave. If your circumstances have changed, for instance bub arrives early, you should inform your employer as soon as you can.
For more information see Maternity Leave Policy.