Both parents (biological or adoptive) may be absent from work for 5 days, the first 2 days of which are paid, for:
- the birth or adoption of a child
- a termination of pregnancy that occurs as of the 20th week of pregnancy
They may take this leave regardless of the length of their uninterrupted service with their employer.
Carolanne's due date is October 23. She had planned to start her maternity leave on October 9, 2 weeks before her due date. However, she gives birth earlier than expected, on September 30.
Carolanne is therefore entitled to the 5 days of leave, the first 2 days of which are paid, since she was not already on maternity leave. In this case, her maternity leave will begin the week after her delivery.
At the request of the father or mother, this leave may be divided into days. It can also be divided into hours if the employer agrees.
Informing the employer
The worker must inform their employer in writing of their absence as soon as possible.