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The term “parental leave” is used collectively throughout the National Employment Standards (NES) and Fair Work Act 2009 to cover maternity, paternity and adoption leave and covers leave which is related to the birth or adoption of a child.

The NES provide unpaid parental leave as a minimum entitlement for all employees including long term casual employees who would have a reasonable expectation of continuing employment by the employer on a regular and systematic basis.

Employees may also have benefits relating to parental leave from Government-funded paid parental leave under the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 or employer funded paid parental leave schemes under an enterprise agreement, contract or company policy.

Before an employee can take parental leave, they need to give their employer written notice (most notably at ten weeks and at four weeks prior to the expected birth of a child) and evidence, if they request it.

This form is for employees to complete to notify or update the details of any parental leave that they intend to take to assist an employer to plan for the absence.

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