To qualify, you must have at least 12 consecutive months of service before the date of your first leave request. If the child you are taking leave for will reach the age limit before you have reached 12 months of continuous service, you may qualify for parental leave on a pro rata basis after three months’ of continuous service.
You must apply for parental leave six weeks before the planned start date.
If you have an entitlement to parental leave as a full-time officer, you get the pro rata amount as a work-sharer.
If an adopted child is over 11 years old but less than 13 years old at the time of adoption, you must take the leave within two years of the date of the adoption order
If you have already given more than 3 months’ service, but your child is now over the age limit, you will qualify for one weeks’ parental leave for each completed month of service up to the time you commence parental leave. For example, if you commence parental leave 2 months from now, you will at that time have given 8 months’ service and will be entitled to 8 weeks’ parental leave. This is subject to your child not having attained 13 years of age by the time your complete your parental leave. You may not continue on parental leave after your child’s 13th birthday.
Subject to approval, 14 weeks of the 26 weeks parental leave entitlement may be transferred from one parent to another if both parents are employed by the same employer. The Civil Service is deemed a single employer for this purpose.
If you intend to take parental leave and haven’t already submitted details of the relevant dependent, you can email a scanned copy of the birth certificate to the NSSO so that we can process your application.