Replacement employees

A replacement employee is the person who’s hired to replace another employee while they’re on unpaid parental leave.

Employers have to tell replacement employees:

  • that their engagement is temporary
  • the rights of the person who is on unpaid parental leave, including their right to return to work
  • the rights of the employer to cancel the parental leave in some circumstances (eg. Still birth or infant death).

Making these things clear from the beginning ensures that the person who replaces the person on leave isn’t disappointed later on.

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Page last updated: 24 Aug 2012