Miscarriage or stillbirths
In the very sad event that your pregnancy ends in miscarriage or still-birth, you may be entitled to receive special maternity leave.
Unpaid special maternity leave is available if your pregnancy has ended after you are 12 weeks along, or if your child passes away after being born.
If you are not fit for work, see your GP for a medical certificate. You can then use your paid personal/carer’s leave entitlement to continue to get paid during special maternity leave.
The above is the bare minimum that is available to all Australian employees who are eligible for parental leave.
FSU members have worked together to secure better entitlements to special maternity leave in some employers.
Your entitlement to special maternity leave is set out in your Enterprise Agreement, your company’s parental leave policy and the National Employment Standards.
This page contains general information. If you would like specific advice on your circumstances, please contact FSU on 1300 366 378.
Authorised By: Julia Angrisano, National Secretary