Paid Parental Leave: Your Questions Answered

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Paid Parental Leave: Your Questions Answered

Who can receive parental leave payments?

An employee or self-employed person will be eligible for parental leave payments if they are:

What parental leave payments can you receive?

Can parental leave payments be transferred to your partner?

Leave can be transferred to a partner of an employee or self-employed person as long as they qualify for paid parental leave and their partner meets the working requirements for paid parental leave. The leave will start the day after it is transferred to the partner, because it must be taken in one continuous period.

What other parental leave payments are available?

Preterm baby parental leave 

If an employee or self-employed person gives birth early (by more than 3 weeks) and their parental leave payments have not started, they will be entitled to premature baby payments. These payments can be received from the date the baby was born prematurely until the predicted 36th week of pregnancy. These payments are also available to primary carers if the baby they will be caring for arrives prematurely. Once the premature baby payments end, parental leave payments will begin. Further information can be found here.

Bereavement leave for miscarriage or stillbirth

Employees are entitled to take 3 days bereavement leave if they or their partner have suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth, or in some cases, where the employee is directly affected by someone else’s loss. Miscarriages can happen at any stage in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to 20 weeks. Losing a baby after 20 weeks is considered a still birth.

All employees (permanent, fixed-term, part-time and casual) can use bereavement leave if: 

Further information can be found here.

Stillbirth and death of a child

If an employee or self-employed person is eligible for primary carer leave and parental leave payments, then they will remain eligible regardless of whether their baby unfortunately dies before or after the birth. This allows them to take time away from work to attend to her health and wellbeing. 

Employees & self-employed would still be eligible for 26 weeks of parental leave payments if they:

Further information can be found here. If you’ve suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth and need support, you can contact: Sands New ZealandMiscarriage SupportSkylight

Want to know more about paid parental leave or need guidance understanding your entitlements? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we are here to help. 


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