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Parental leave

This section brings together basic information about the rights and obligations of employees, employers and self-employed people in respect of parental leave. It contains the current parental leave entitlements, featuring statutory paid parental leave for birth mothers, their partners, as well as adoptive parents.

Changes to parental leave

The Government has proposed further changes to parental leave provisions that are intended to come into effect on 1 April 2016. These include:

MBIE has recently completed public consultation on the proposed changes and received almost 900 submissions. Overall, submitters (employers and employees alike) were positive about the proposals to modernise parental leave provisions.

All these changes will be reflected in an Employment Standards Bill which will be introduced to Parliament this year. The Bill will go through a normal select committee process including public submissions before it is passed into law.

Before the new law comes into force, MBIE will develop an information and education plan to inform businesses, including small businesses, and workers of the changes.