Law changes allow some workers on parental leave to temporarily go back to work without losing their entitlements.
Parental leave eligibility
Employees may be able to take leave from work to care for their new child.
Parental leave payment
Employees and self-employed people may be able get a government-funded parental leave payment while they’re not working and are caring for a new child.
Tools and Resources
Parental leave and payment eligibility tool
Use our tool to determine if you or your partner are entitled to parental leave.
Video: Parental leave – what you need to know
Watch a 5-minute overview that outlines parental leave, eligibility, surrogacy, and payments.
Holidays Act 2003 - PDF 1.8MB
Guidance on holidays and leave.
Employee Learning Module
Sick leave, bereavement leave, alternative holidays, and public holidays – employee rights and responsibilities.
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