Well if you are both working part time then really you don't need to be on parental leave right? or are you only allowed to work part time as part of parental leave rights? That's shocking they don't take 2 weeks off. Your industry does sound so backwards. they need to get with the times! Like minib says...you do go back eventually, not like you are taking forever off. Why all this fuss? such ignorant and short sighted people! I can understand if the worker is no good as all workers should be assessed fairly but just because they are taking mat leave - to be discriminated against is so wrong!