Parental leave postponement letter template

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Employers can use this Postponement of Parental Leave Letter to restrict employees from taking parental leave at a specific period because of the disruption that their absence would cause.

Why this letter is necessary

Employers may only delay a legitimate application for parental leave if they can demonstrate a significant impact on their operations. If a company delays an employee's request for parental leave, they must nonetheless permit the employee to take the same length of leave within six months of the initial request.

Additionally, when parental leave is scheduled to be taken as a consequence of a child's birth or adoption, employers are not permitted to delay it.


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parental leave postponement letter template

[Company name]

[Sender address]



[Recipient name]

[Recipient address]


Dear [Recipient first name],

I write further to our [meeting/discussion] on [date], in which I confirmed to you that the organisation will be unable to grant your request for [date] parental leave for [name of child] from [date] to [date] due to [reason].

[At this meeting/during this discussion] I let you know that, given the situation, the parental leave period could be delayed for a maximum of six months from the day you wished to begin it.

I'm happy that we were able to come to an understanding that this delayed period of leave would be taken from [date] to [date] [and your paperwork for parental leave will be revised appropriately].


Unfortunately we were unable to agree on the timing of this leave time, so I must now advise you that it will be taken from [date] to [date] [and your form requesting parental leave will be changed as a result].

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Yours [faithfully | sincerely],



[Sender name]

[Sender job title]

[Sender telephone]
[Sender email]

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