Examples to help you apply the work test

You can meet the Parental Leave Pay work test in a range of circumstances.

These examples don’t cover every situation. Read about the Parental Leave Pay work test for more information.

When you take paid leave from work

Alison had her baby on 18 August 2018. Her 13 month work test period is from 22 July 2017 to 17 August 2018. This is the day before she had her baby.

During that time Alison worked 38 hours per week, full time and took 11 weeks of paid leave. She returned to work for 5 weeks after this leave. She then started 3 weeks paid maternity leave from 28 July 2018. Alison’s paid leave counts as work, for the work test.

Alison worked for a 10 month period from 22 July 2017 to 12 May 2018. She worked more than 330 hours and didn’t have a gap of 8 weeks or more between work days.

Alison meets the work test.

When you have different employers

Jenna had her first child on 3 July 2018. Her 13 month work test period is from 6 June 2017 to 2 July 2018.

Jenna worked for a 10 month period from 6 June 2017 to 27 March 2018. During that time, Jenna worked for 3 employers.

Jenna was working in an office for 6 hours every Monday. She did a total of 258 hours from the beginning of her work test period until 27 March 2018.

Jenna worked as a server with casual hours. She calculated that between 6 June and 27 March she worked a total of 70 hours.

Jenna also worked as a swimming instructor for 3 hours per week. She did this for 4 weeks in February 2018 for a total of 12 hours.

Jenna can include her work with each employer towards the work test.

Jenna has worked more than 330 hours in the work test period. There isn’t a gap of 8 weeks or more between 2 working days in the 10 month period.

Jenna meets the work test.

When you have pregnancy related illness or complications

Patricia was on unpaid leave for 2 years before she started full time work. She worked full time from 3 July 2017 to 1 February 2018. Her baby was due on 3 June 2018.

She planned to work until 4 May 2018, but had to stop work early because of pregnancy related complications. She had her baby prematurely on 30 May 2018.

Her 13 month work test period is from 3 May 2017 to 29 May 2018. The test period ends the day before she had her baby, not the day before her baby was due.

Patricia’s 10 month period is from 3 July 2017. In this period Patricia worked more than 330 hours. However, there’s more than an 8 week gap between 2 work days.

Patricia gave us evidence that her doctor told her to stop work. She also gave us evidence from her employer that she’d planned to work until 4 May 2018.

Patricia meets the work test.

When you have a premature birth

Denise was working 8 hours per week since 4 September 2017.

Denise’s baby was due on 4 August 2018 but she had her baby prematurely on 22 May 2018. Her 13 month work test period is from 25 April 2017 to 21 May 2018. The test period ends the day before she had her baby, not the day before her baby was due.

Denise calculated that she worked 296 hours from 4 September 2017 to 21 May 2018. This is less than 330 hours in the 10 month period.

Denise intended to work up to 25 June 2018, more than 6 weeks before her due date. This would have resulted in her working additional hours and meant she worked over 330 hours.

Denise gave us evidence from her doctor of her child’s expected due date. She also gave us evidence from her employer that she planned to continue working up to 25 June. The evidence included the number of hours Denise would have worked..

Denise meets the work test.

When you have a previous Parental Leave Pay period

Sadie was on maternity leave for her first child. She got Parental Leave Pay for the period from 24 April to 28 August 2017.

Sadie returned to work on 30 August 2017 for 35 hours per week. She stopped work on 2 May 2018 to have her second child.

Sadie had her second child on 26 May 2018. Her 13 month work test period is from 29 April 2017 to 25 May 2018.

Sadie can include her previous period of Parental Leave Pay and her paid work towards the work test. This means she has worked more than 330 hours in the 10 month period from 12 July 2017 to 2 May 2018. There was also no more than an 8 week gap between work days.

Sadie meets the work test.

When you’re self employed

Lisa runs a business from home, which she started in March 2017. Due to start up and running costs, Lisa hasn’t made a profit from her business yet. She worked at least 4 days per week for 5 hours per day.

Lisa had her first child on 30 April 2018. Her 13 month work test period is from 3 April 2017 to 29 April 2018.

She worked for a 10 months period from 3 April 2017 to 22 January 2018. During this time she worked more than 330 hours without more than an 8 week gap.

Lisa meets the work test.

When you have a gap between work days

Zara had her baby on 6 January 2020. Her 13 month work test period is from 10 December 2018 to 5 January 2020.

During that time she worked 15 hours a week. Between 20 June 2019 and 22 August 2019 Zara took 9 weeks of unpaid leave. Zara's unpaid leave doesn't count as work for the work test. Zara stopped work on 5 December 2019 to have her baby.

Because Zara had her baby after 1 January 2020, she’s allowed a gap of 12 weeks between work days.

Zara has worked more than 330 hours in the 10 month period from 14 February 2019 to 5 December 2019. There was also no more than a 12 week gap between work days.

Zara meets the new work test.

When you have a dangerous job

Joanne was working as a jockey. Her job description required her to train and race horses.

Joanne had her baby on 1 December 2020. She stopped work on 5 April 2020 because workplace hazards were a risk to her pregnancy. This meant, Joanne had a gap of more than 12 weeks between work days. Joanne does not meet the normal work test that ends the day before she had her baby.

We asked Joanne to provide proof from her employer confirming she was working as a jockey. She also provided the industry regulations which set out when a jockey can work during pregnancy.  

Joanne was able to meet the Dangerous Jobs provision. We moved her 13 month work test to an earlier period. Her new work test period ends on 5 April 2020, the day she stopped work.

Joanne worked more than 330 hours in the 10 month period between 16 June 2019 and 5 April 2020. She had no more than a 12 week gap between each work day.

Joanne meets the work test in the earlier period.

Page last updated: 25 October 2019