To qualify for Parental Leave employees must meet all the following statutory conditions:
- completed one year of continuous service
- be named on the child’s birth or adoption certificate or have/expect to have parental responsibility
- not be a foster parent (unless you have secured parental responsibility through the courts)
- the child is under 18
The University may seek evidence to confirm entitlement to parental leave (e.g. birth certificate).
This policy applies to same-sex couples and single parents. Where used, the term “partner” applies to either of the child’s parents or their spouse, civil partner, or a person who lives with the parent in an enduring family relationship but is not the parent’s child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew.
Sympathetic consideration will be given by the Directorate of HR to the following:
- applications to extend entitlement to employees with informal responsibility for childcare, e.g. grandparents, stepparents or long-term foster parents
- applications for leave from parents who do not meet the one year qualifying period
- applications for leave from parents whose children are over the qualifying age.