Parental Leave Changes Proposed

Posted by on 10 April 2014
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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.