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Q. In the event that the baby is hospitalised, it is possible to postpone part of your maternity leave and/additional maternity leave (or part of it)

  • Your employer agrees, and 
  • You have already taken at least 14 weeks maternity leave, 4 of which are after the end of the week of confinement.  
  • You can then return to work and take the remainder of your postponed leave (called resumed leave) in one continuous period, to commence within 7 days of the discharge of the baby from hospital. 
  • The maximum period during which leave can be postponed is 6 months.
  • You must notify your employer in writing as soon as reasonably practicable of your intention to take resumed leave, but not later than the day on which the leave is to begin. Your employer may waive such notification.
  • If you are absent from work because of illness during the period before you commence your resumed leave, the first day of such absence will be taken to commence your resumed leave, unless you notify your employer in writing that you do not wish to commence your resumed leave.  Your absence will then be treated as sick leave but you will not be entitled to take the resumed leave.
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