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Family leave

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When a baby is born, the parents have the right to take family leave, i.e. maternity, paternity, parental and child-care leave.

Family leave means maternity, paternity, parental and child-care leave. Leave can also be taken for other family-related reasons. Some types of family leave can be partial.

Types of family leave

Maternity leave

Maternity leave is a period of time off from work that begins roughly one month before childbirth.

Paternity leave

Paternity leave is time off from work for a father.

Parental leave

Parental leave begins after maternity leave, and either parent may take the leave.

Child-care leave

Child-care leave gives an employee the right to take a leave from work to care for their child until the child turns three.

Other leave for family reasons

Leave can also be applied for if there is an imperative family-related reason, such as to care for a family member or other close relative.

Contact your shop steward if you are applying for family leave.


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