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Parental leave

This section brings together basic information about the rights and obligations of employees, employers and self-employed people in respect of parental leave. It contains the current parental leave entitlements, featuring statutory paid parental leave for birth mothers, their partners, as well as adoptive parents.

Changes to parental leave

The Government has announced changes to parental leave provisions as part of the 2014 Budget:

We will update our website as the parental leave changes come into effect.

For more details, see these media releases by Minster of Labour, Hon Simon Bridges.