Parental Leave

Pregnant female employees and adoptive parents and their partners are entitled to parental leave provisions under the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987.

Some employees working in the education service have additional parental leave provisions under their employment agreement.


Five Types Of Leave Make Up Parental Leave By Law

Parental leave is made up of:

  • Four types of unpaid leave.
  • One type of paid leave.

Unpaid Leave

Unpaid leave types Timeframe

Maternity leave

14 continuous weeks

Special leave

Up to 10 days

Paternity/partner's leave

Up to 2 weeks

Extended leave

Up to 52 weeks

Paid Leave

Paid leave type Funding

Paid Parental leave

Up to 18 weeks

The Government funds up to 18 weeks' parental leave for eligible working mothers and adoptive parents who take parental leave from their jobs. Paid parental leave has been extended from 16 to 18 weeks from 1 April 2016.

Your employee applies for paid parental leave using the Paid Parental Leave Application for an Employee IR880 available from Inland Revenue. After they have completed the applicant section, you:

  • Complete the employer section.
  • Give the form back to your employee to send to the Inland Revenue.

If you need help filling in the employer section, contact the Novopay Service Centre. See Contact us.

Paid Parental Leave Application for an Employee IR880.

Some Employment Agreements Have Extra Parental Leave Provisions

Some education sector employment agreements have parental leave provisions that are on top of what the law provides. Your employee's agreement might include:

  • The maternity grant (or ex-gratia payment).
  • Extra unpaid parental leave.

Maternity Grant

The maternity grant is a grant for female teachers, principals, special education assistants, and some therapists (employed before 1992) who:

  • Have been eligible to take maternity leave for the baby or adopted child.
  • Produce their baby's birth certificate or evidence of an approved adoptive placement.

Ex-Gratia Payment

The ex-gratia payment is a payment for female Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand (BLENNZ) and special residential school employees who:

  • Have been eligible to take maternity leave for the baby or adopted child.
  • Produce their baby's birth certificate or evidence of an approved adoptive placement.

Female employees may transfer this payment to their partner, if their partner is employed by the school or state sector.

Unpaid Leave

Some collective agreements have unpaid parental leave provisions that are on top of what the law provides.

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