Paid parental leave increases to 18 weeks

Paid parental leave will increase from 16 to 18 weeks in April. To be eligible for this increase, the baby must be due or born on or after 1 April 2016.

If you have pregnant employees due on or after 1 April, who intend to take parental leave, check they’re aware of the:

  • increase in the length of payments
  • form they need to complete and send to IRD

If they’ve already applied and their due date is on or after 1 April, IRD will make sure they receive 18 weeks of payments. If their baby is due before 1 April but arrives late, they need to let IRD know so they can pay the correct entitlement.