Paternity leave policy
1. General policy
Permanent male employees with at least 12 months continuous service are entitled to paternity leave.
Paternity leave is unpaid leave available for a minimum period of one week at the time of confinement and a maximum period of 52 weeks if the employee is the primary career.
Other types of leave can be taken in conjunction with paternity leave providing the total period of absence does not exceed 52 weeks.
2. Procedure of this policy
Applications for paternity leave should include personal details, a medical certificate detailing the date of confinement or birth, proposed commencement date and duration of leave. Additionally, the employee will need to provide a Statutory Declaration stating he will be the primary career. Advice as to whether superannuation payments will continue should be given by the employee.
Where the pregnancy is terminated other than by the birth of a living child and the employee has not commenced paternity leave, his entitlement to such leave ceases to exist.
Details of the return to work date must be given four weeks in advance. The employee is entitled to return to the position he held prior to taking paternity leave or to an alternative position of comparable status and pay.
Paternity leave will not count towards continuous service.