Changes to paid parental leave from 1 July 2020

From 1 July 2020, the duration of parental leave payments will extend from 22 weeks to 26 weeks and the maximum weekly rate for eligible parents will increase from $585.80 to $606.46 gross. The minimum payment rate for self-employed parents increases from $177.00 to $189.00 gross per week, which is equal to 10 hours of the current adult minimum wage.

The number of ‘Keeping in Touch’ days will also increase from 52 to 64 hours. ‘Keeping in Touch’ days allow parents to do limited work while on parental leave, if they choose to. For example, to attend a team day or change announcement. This helps employees stay connected with their employer.

For more information, check out the Inland Revenue site. As always, we are here to help.

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