Paid parental leave increases

Published: 01 July 2021

The rates for paid parental leave are increasing, effective 1 July 2021.

The maximum paid parental leave rate will increase by 2.5%, from $606.46 to $621.76 per week. The minimum rate will increase by 5.8%, from $189 to $200 per week.

The rates (the maximum rate for eligible employees and self-employed persons and the minimum rate for self-employed persons) are adjusted annually to reflect the annual percentage movement in the average ordinary time weekly earnings in February each year.

Eligible employees can receive parental leave payments for up to 26 weeks.

Our employment website has the most up-to-date information about parental leave, including eligibility, payments and returning to work.

Parental Leave(external link) — Employment New Zealand

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