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The Family Absence for Members of Local Authorities (Wales) Regulations 2013

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PART 2Newborn absence

Prescribed conditions

9.—(1) For the purposes of section 25(1) of the Measure, the prescribed conditions are that the member—

(a)is either—

(i)the child’s father and has, or expects to have, responsibility for the upbringing of the child; or

(ii)married to, the civil partner or the partner of the child’s mother, but is not the child’s father and has, or expects to have the main responsibility (apart from any responsibility of the mother) for the upbringing of the child; and

(b)gives the head of democratic services written notice of the date the member intends the period of newborn absence to start.

(2) A member is to be treated as having satisfied the condition in paragraph (1)(a)(ii) if that member would have satisfied the condition but for the fact that the child’s mother has died.

(3) A member is to be treated as having satisfied either of the conditions in paragraph (1)(a) if they would have satisfied the condition but for the fact that the child was stillborn after 24 weeks of pregnancy or has died.

Extent of entitlement to newborn absence

10.—(1) A member’s entitlement to newborn absence is two consecutive weeks.

(2) Where more than one child is born as a result of the same pregnancy, a member is entitled to newborn absence only in respect of the first child born.

When newborn absence may be taken

11.  Newborn absence may only be taken during the period—

(a)beginning with the date of childbirth; and

(b)ending 56 days after that date.

Cancelling newborn absence

12.  The circumstances in which a member may cancel a period of newborn absence are that—

(a)the period of newborn absence has not yet started; and

(b)the member has notified the head of democratic services in writing of their intention to cancel the absence.

Member to choose start date of newborn absence

13.  Provided that the period of newborn absence will come to an end within the period prescribed by regulation 11, a member may choose the date on which their newborn absence is to start.

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