Paid parental leave watered down, says Labour

NZ Herald 9 September 2015
Longer paid parental leave for families with pre-term babies should be extended to others as promised, Labour says.

The Government confirmed yesterday that paid parental leave would be extended for eligible parents with pre-term babies. They will receive additional weekly payments for each week of the baby’s life before the 37-week gestation period.

For example, a mother who gives birth at 28 weeks would get nine additional weekly payments – a total of 27 weeks of payment.

The move comes as Labour seeks support for legislation extending all paid parental leave to 26 weeks.

Act leader David Seymour previously signalled yesterday’s announcement, but indicated paid parental leave would also be extended for parents with multiple births or children with disabilities.
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