Home - Can we direct an employee to take 12 months’ maternity leave?
March 18, 2022 on chapter Parental leave

We have an employee who is pregnant. She has indicated that she will be taking 9 months off for parental leave. We would prefer for her to take the full 12-month entitlement. Are we able to direct the employee take 12 months?

Whether an employee wishes to exercise their full 12-month entitlement to maternity leave is entirely up to them. An employer cannot direct an employee to take extended maternity leave in the scenario you have outlined.


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