Labour: We will extend paid parental leave period

NZ Herald Jan 18, 2011
Labour is promising to extend paid parental leave and make Working for Families more generous for parents of under-2s under its new social welfare policy. Labour’s social development spokeswoman Annette King has given further details about the party’s new social policies, the full details of which will be made public within two months. The plans include increasing paid parental leave from the current 14 weeks and allowing more parents to be eligible for it to make it more comparable to Australia’s new scheme, which allows for 18 weeks on the minimum wage.
Started on 1 January 2011.
* 18 weeks’ leave.
* Minimum wage of $732 (A$570) a week.
* Eligible if parent earned less than $192,775 (A$150,000) the previous year.
* Must have worked for at least 330 hours (one day a week) for 10 of the 13 months before to the birth or adoption of the child.
* If not eligible, may get a “baby bonus” of $6800 (A$5294) a year.
New Zealand:
Started in 2002.
* 14 weeks’ leave.
* Their usual pay, up to a maximum of $441.62 a week.
* Must have worked for same employer for an average of at least 10 hours a week for at least six months immediately before the baby’s due date.