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Changes to Parental Leave

June 16, 2017

Paid Parental Leave (PPL) requirements have changed. As of the 1st of June 2017, changes to employment legislation means that employees who want parental leave payments can now use their paid leave first. Parental leave payments can now start at the end of their paid leave, even if it is later than the child’s arrival.

Prior to this law change, parental leave payments could not start later than the child’s arrival.

Amongst this change, parents with a preterm baby now have more flexibility around returning to work and parental leave payments. Previously, when a person with a preterm baby returns to work after they start getting payments, their payments stop. However, as of the 1st of June, parents can still get their parental leave payments when they go back on parental leave, as long as it’s no later than the expected date of birth.

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