5 EXTENDED LEAVE
You can request an additional period of unpaid parental leave after taking your full entitlement of 12 months. This is done with a written request to your boss including the specific leave dates at least four weeks before the end of the original leave. SOURCE: FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN • Rhian Allen knows what it is like to combine parenthood with career ambition so she helps her own employees to do the same. Allen, who has two sons aged six and four, had a 12-year corporate career before becoming pregnant and deciding she needed a career change. “I did a lot of research and realised there wasn’t really anything that existed to help mums so I sold my house, quit my job and launched The Healthy Mummy in 2010 when I was eight months’ pregnant,” she says. The Healthy Mummy now employs about 150 people, including many women and mothers.