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    Does anyone know how paid parental leave works if you have to take sick leave while pregnant?

    I'm a high risk pregnancy and have had quite a bit of sick leave since I got pregnant (I've got high blood pressure).

    I know that you have to be working 10 of the 13 months before the baby is born but I wondered if you are on sick leave or medical leave with out pay (the specialist said I have to be off work from now on). Plus my due date is hard to predict because the dr keeps saying ill go 5-6 weeks early but it's still not set in stone.

    Do anyone know if you are still eligible for paid parental leave if you have to be off sick and can't work all of the 10 out of 13 months?

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    Default Paid parental leave question

    If its paid leave it definitely counts - I'm not sure about unpaid leave. I'd think that as you were still an employee it would count but worth checking with FWA.

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    Default Paid parental leave question

    I think there are exceptions for sick leave. Check with centrelink

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    It's typically only for paid leave. However I read on the website last week there are exceptions for sick/medical leave and also for premature births. Best to call them.

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    Thanks heaps for that! I've tried to call 4 times and every time have been on hold for half an hr then cut off so it's useless, I think I'll go in and see them.

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    Default Paid parental leave question

    Yeah it's ridiculously hard to phone them, I've tried before to ask questions and can never get through.

    My sister had chronic morning sickness from week 5 through to week 37 when my nephew was born, and averaged less than one day of work per week as she had to finish up at about 31 or 32 weeks coz she was so sick. She got a medical certificate and still got PPL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clementine Grace View Post
    Thanks heaps for that! I've tried to call 4 times and every time have been on hold for half an hr then cut off so it's useless, I think I'll go in and see them.
    It's definitely a pain to get through. I have found calling first thing in the morning (about 8am) or even around 3-3.30pm isn't too bad. Perhaps this is when many mums are out collecting school kids!

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    Thanks for that. Yeah I have a drs certificate so hopefully should be ok. It's hard to know too because my due date isn't set so could be a month or two early. Ill have to go in and see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clementine Grace View Post
    Thanks for that. Yeah I have a drs certificate so hopefully should be ok. It's hard to know too because my due date isn't set so could be a month or two early. Ill have to go in and see them.
    You definitely have to provide a due date. Regardless of whether the doc thinks you will go early, this can't stop him from giving a medical 'due date' so you can process the PPL.

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    Your estimated due date is calculated as 40 weeks from your LMP even if bub is scheduled to come early, if you know what I mean?


 

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