Are you wanting to extend your parental leave? Have you already made a return to work date with your manager but needing more time? Under the National Employment Standards eligible employees are entitled to 12 months’ unpaid parental leave. An employee on parental leave can also request to extend their unpaid leave by an additional 12 months (up to a total of 24 months from the date of birth or placement of the child).
For detailed information about parental leave entitlements and obligations, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman site.
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Dear [insert manager’s name]
RE: Request for extension to my parental leave arrangement
As you know, I am due to return from parental leave on [insert date.]
I am requesting an extension to this leave of [insert number to maximum of 52] weeks, so that my new return to work date will be [insert date.]
I am happy to meet with you to discuss my request further and I look forward to hearing from you.