PAID PARENTAL LEAVE
Parental Leave (PPL) is a government funded payment for parents, for up to 12 weeks,
when they take parental leave from their job to care for their newborn child.
PPL legislation has been passed and parents expecting a baby on or after 1 July
2002 may be entitled to receive payments. Adoptive parents may also
qualify if they adopt a child aged under five years.
Department of Labour (DOL) administer the PPL scheme and is responsible for
communicating the scheme to the general public. IRD has been
contracted as the payment agency and will process the PPL application forms and
make payments to parents.
be eligible, a parent must first qualify for parental leave from their job under
the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987. Parents
are entitled to leave if they have worked for the same employer for 12 months.
They must also have worked an average of at least 10 hours per week, including
at least one hour every week or 40 hours per month, and not taken any parental
leave for another child in the previous 12 months.
employed parents are not eligible to apply for PPL payments.
maximum amount a parent can receive is $325 (gross) a week or 100% of normal
pay, whichever is the lower. PPL payments are treated as normal
salary and wages and will be shown on a recipient's summary of earnings and
personal tax summary.
parent (birth mother or adoptive parent taking parental leave) can apply by
completing a Paid Parental Leave Application (IR 880) form.
The parent and their employer must complete the application form.
The form is available from DOL's infoline on 0800 800 863 or it can be
downloaded from DOL's website at www.ers.dol.govt.nz .
Further information on the scheme can be obtained by contacting DOL's infoline
on 0800 800 863.
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