Parental leave: know your workplace entitlements

Presented by Christopher Smith, Fair Work Ombudsman

Parents often assume that their rights will be respected and that their employers will happily support them in the life-changing decision to have a child. In reality you need to empower yourself with information on parental leave to protect yourself from unfair and unlawful treatment.

Don't be daunted by the thought of requests for parental leave. This video offers advice on what you need to do when taking time off or restructuring your work routine to care for your child including: notice required to give to your employer, balancing work and family with flexible working arrangements, parental leave entitlements including your rights if you are adopting and what you are required to do by law when negotiating your return to work.

Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.

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