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.