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Parental leave payments have increased as of 1 July

Parental leave payments have increased as of 1 July 2017 to reflect the 2.1 per cent rise in the average weekly earnings.

The maximum weekly rate for eligible employees and self-employed parents has increased from $527.72 to $538.55 gross per week.

This reflects a 2.1 per cent rise in the average weekly earnings over the year to March 2017, as reported by Statistics New Zealand.

Under the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987, eligible parents are entitled to payments equal to their normal pay up to the current maximum rate. The maximum rate is adjusted annually to account for any increase in average weekly earnings.

The minimum parental leave payment rate for self-employed parents increased this year from $152.50 to $157.50 gross a week, to reflect the minimum wage increase on 1 April this year. The minimum rate for self-employed parents is equivalent to 10 hours worked per week at the adult minimum wage, which is now $15.75 per hour.

For more information about parental leave payments, see:

Amount of parental leave payment

Parental leave eligibility tool