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Parental Leave Changes From 1 June 2017

Published June 13, 2017 (last updated June 10, 2022) - ANZ Head of Legal Services
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There have been recent changes made to parental leave which employers will need to be across. The changes which were brought in to effect on 1 June 2017, are to parental leave under the Regulatory Systems (Workplace Relations) Amendment Act 2017. There are two key changes for employers to be aware of:

  • Employees eligible for parental leave can elect to use other types of paid leave, such as annual leave, before starting the 18-week paid parental leave period
  • Previously, eligible employees who have a preterm baby could receive preterm baby payments for up to 13 weeks in addition to the 18-week parental leave payments. The law change means this is still the case however, an employee that returns to work will not receive parental leave payments for the period they are working with payments resuming once the employee recommences parental leave

For advice on managing preterm baby and parental leave payments please contact the Employsure Advice line on 0800 568 012.

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