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May 17, 2019 on chapter Parental leave

We have an employee who will soon commence 12 months of unpaid parental leave. She has asked whether she can extend her period of absence by taking her annual leave at the end of her unpaid parental leave. Is she legally entitled to do this?

Yes, there is no problem with the employee taking annual leave at the end of parental leave, if you agree to it. However the employee should be aware that unpaid parental leave under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) must be taken in one continuous period, so she cannot request the further, up to 12-month extension (if she is entitled to it) if she has ended the initial period of parental leave and commenced the annual leave.

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