Parental Leave Changes Proposed

Posted by on 10 April 2014

Parental Leave Changes

As part of Budget 2014 National has announced changes to the parental leave provisions.  

The proposed paid parental leave changes include:

  • Increasing the length of paid parental leave to 18 weeks, up from the current 14 weeks. This will happen in two steps - to 16 weeks on 1 April 2015 and then to 18 weeks on 1 April 2016.
  • Extending paid parental leave to 'Home For Life' parents and others with similar permanent care arrangements such as those with parenting orders.
  • Extending parental leave payments to more workers - in particular, to people who have recently changed jobs, seasonal and casual workers, and workers with more than one employer.
  • Making paid parental leave more flexible.