Pre-term birth entitlements
I understand there are new arrangements when dealing with a premature birth. What are these entitlements?
Again, from 1 July 2021, where a public sector employee gives birth to a pre-term child (prior to 37 weeks), the parent with the primary caring responsibility is entitled to paid special pre-term parental leave from the date of birth of the child (or children from a multiple birth) up to the end of 36 weeks in one continuous period. On commencement of the 37th week, your paid parental leave of 14 weeks then kicks in as per the relevant award. To be eligible, you would have – or would have had if not for the pre-term birth – completed 40 weeks’ continuous service at the expected due date. This is also contained in Premier’s Memorandum M2021-11.