Parental leave policy template and documents

All the following parental leave documents are included in our Human Resources Folder. Click on the links to discover more about each template.


Parental leave policy
Parental leave forms

Parental leave letter

Parental leave template Parental leave  

Parental leave allows eligible employees to take unpaid time off with a child in their care and protects their employment rights during the parental leave period.
An employee may take up to 4 weeks unpaid parental leave a year (more parental leave can be agreed with the employer).

Parental leave eligibility 

To be eligible for parental leave all the following should apply:
  • Employed with the company for more than a year
  • Named on the child’s birth or adoption certificate or parental responsibility through the courts
  • Have or expect to have parental responsibility
  • Not self-employed or agency worker or contractor
  • Not a foster parent
  • The child is under 5 or 18 in some special circumstances

Parental leave notice period 

An employee must confirm the start and end dates of their  parental leave with the employer a minimum of 21 days before they intended taking the parental leave.

Why have parental leave policy 

Having a parental leave policy is a major support to employees. Studies have shown this has a long-term positive impact on the employee employer relationship. 

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