To qualify, you must have at least 12 consecutive months of service before the date of your first leave request.
If your child will reach the age limit before you have reached twelve months of continuous service, you may qualify for parental leave on a pro rata basis after three months’ of continuous service. This pro rata allowance is at the rate of one weeks’ parental leave for each completed month of service up to the time you commence parental leave.
For example, if you have served six month and you wish to commence parental leave two months from now, you will at that time have served eight months’ and will be entitled to eight weeks’ parental leave. This is subject to your child not having attained sixteen years of age by the time your complete your parental leave. You may not continue on parental leave after your child’s 16th birthday.
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 fourteen years old but less than sixteen years old at the time of adoption, you must take the leave within two years of the date of the adoption order
Subject to approval, fourteen weeks of the twenty six 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.