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If you’re planning to take maternity leave (also known as parental leave) to care for your new baby, ideally you should notify your employer as soon as possible so that they can prepare for your absence. In most cases the minimum requirement for giving your employer notice is 3 months written notice before commencing parental leave.
In your maternity leave letter (parental leave letter), you are required to give notice to your employer in writing. In your letter requesting parental leave, you need to include:
If you are sharing any part of your leave with your spouse/partner, the letter must also say:
You should also include a medical certificate confirming your pregnancy and your expected due date with your maternity leave letter.
For more information see Maternity Leave Policy or for application forms and sample letters visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.