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Parental Leave

Both male and female workers  have the individual right to be granted paid parental leave upon birth, adoption, child fostering in the case of foster parents, or legal custody of a child, to enable them to take care of that child.

Parental leave entitlement is of four (4) months  per parent until the child reaches the age of eight (8) years.

Parental leave shall be paid per parent for a period of two (2) months (8 weeks), at the same rate established for the sickness benefit entitlement under the Social Security Act and shall be availed of in established periods of at least two (2) weeks each.

The 8 weeks of parental leave that will be paid as explained above, shall be taken in accordance to the age of the child or children for whose care parental leave was granted, as follows:

(a)  Where the child  or children has or have not attained four (4) years of age = fifty per centum (50%) of entitlement (4 weeks) will be paid;

(b)  Where the child or children has or have attained the age of four (4) years but has or have not yet attained the age of six (6) years= twenty five per centum (25%) of entitlement (2 weeks) will be paid;

(c)  Where the child or children has or have attained the age of six (6) years but has or have not yet attained eight (8) years of age= twenty five per centum (25%) of entitlement (2 weeks) will be paid.

In the case of parental leave granted to foster parents, the rate of payment shall be the same as explained above, on condition that payment will be given per parent not for each child fostered.

An employee must have at least 12 months continuous service with his/her employer to be eligible to apply for Parental Leave, unless a shorter period is agreed to.

Every employer shall be bound to keep parental leave records  for  every  worker.

An employee may request such records in writing. This request may be made even after termination of employment. The employer should provide a written statement of such leave within  two (2) weeks of the request.

 

This entitlement is regulated by: The Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers Regulations,2022​


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​This page was last updated on 12/05/2020.