Indisposed during the procedure
The compensation scheme provides applicants who are indisposed as a result of parental leave with the opportunity to ask the secretary of the programme in question to allow them to submit their rebuttal or attend the interview at an earlier or later time. Applicants could also be eligible for an extension of the written input deadline (normally 5 business days), and they can opt to provide verbal input via Skype.
‘Parental leave’ is defined as maternity leave, adoption leave, partners’ leave and leave in relation to the arrival of a foster child.
Submitting a new application
In addition, the compensation scheme for parental leave also enables applicants to submit a new application in the next round, thereby retaining the opportunity to submit. If the pre-application phase was initially used, then the applicant may even skip this phase in the new round.