How to meet the work test
To meet the work test you need to have worked for both:
- 10 of the 13 months before the birth or adoption of your child
- a minimum of 330 hours, around one day a week, in that 10 month period.
Keep in mind, we count 10 months as 295 days and 13 months as 392 days.
You can’t have more than a 12 week gap between each work day in that 10 month period.
There are many activities that count as work, including paid leave.
Who needs to meet the work test
If you’re the birth mother or adoptive parent to first claim Parental Leave Pay, you must meet the work test.
If you’re another parent, you and the birth mother must both meet the work test. For Parental Leave Pay, another parent can be one of the following:
- the birth mother’s partner
- the biological father
- the biological father’s partner.
If your partner adopted the child and you’re not included on the adoption documents, both you and your partner must meet the work test.
What exceptions there are
There are some exceptions to the work test, such as for pregnancy related illness, complications and premature birth. A Dangerous Jobs provision may also apply.
Read more about exceptions to the work test.