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Taking time off work: For new and expecting parents

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How do I get my pregnancy or parental leave?

You must give your employer a letter that says the day you want to start your pregnancy or parental leave. Your employer must get the letter at least 2 weeks before you want your leave to start. If you are taking both pregnancy leave and parental leave, make sure your letter gives the start date for each leave, or give your employer 2 separate letters.

Birth mothers who want to take pregnancy leave must also give their employer a medical note that says when the baby is due, if their employer asks for one.