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Force Majeure leave

Under the Parental Leave Act, you are entitled to Force Majeure leave where for urgent family reasons, your immediate presence is required owing to an injury or illness of a close family member.

To qualify for Force Majeure leave, your family member must fall within the following categories of close family members:

  • a person of whom the employee is the parent or adoptive parent
  • the spouse of the employee or a person with whom the employee is living as husband and wife
  • a person to whom the employee is in loco parentis
  • a brother or sister of the employee
  • a parent or grandparent of the employee

Force Majeure leave must not exceed:

  • 3 working days in any period of 12 consecutive months, or
  • 5 working days in any period of 36 consecutive months

How to apply for Force Majeure leave

Apply for Force Majeure leave using the Force Majeure leave application form HR108(f)

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