Increases to paid parental leave and parental tax credits from last year’s Budget will soon come into play. Paid parental leave will increase from 14 to 16 weeks and parental tax credits will go from $150 for 8 weeks to $220 for 10 weeks.
If you’re an employee or are self-employed, the changes to paid parental leave apply if:
If you’re an employee or are self-employed, the changes to parental tax credits apply if:
While the changes are not likely to have a significant impact for employers, your employees may appreciate hearing the details from you. Below you’ll find a sample letter employees can use to apply for paid parental leave and the Inland Revenue form they will need to apply for parental tax credits.
Paid parental leave provisions will increase again on 1 April 2016, from 16 to 18 weeks. From that date parental leave payments will apply to more workers - in particular people who have recently changed jobs, seasonal and casual workers, those with more than one employer, and primary carers, Home For Life parents and other carers with similar permanent care arrangements will also be able to access paid parental leave.
Sample letters for employees to use to apply for paid parental leave (external link) – Employment.govt
Paid parental leave form (external link) – Inland Revenue