Paid Parental Leave for the Self Employedupdated: 23 Oct 09
Paid Parental Leave for Self-employed
Self-employed parents will be eligible for 14 weeks paid parental leave from this Saturday, bringing greater flexibility and equity to the workplace and additional support for working parents, says Minister of Labour Ruth Dyson.
Paid parental leave for employees has been available since 2002, and will now be extended to a range of self-employed people. The maximum rate will also increase from $357.30 to $372.12 per week (before tax).
"The new law will make it easier for self-employed parents to look after newborns or newly adopted babies, and reflects the Labour-led government's commitment to supporting working families," says Ruth Dyson.
"The Labour-led government is committed to strengthening
Like employees, self-employed women will be able to transfer part or all of their paid parental leave to their eligible partners. Their eligible partner may be either self-employed or an employee.
Self-employed parents will have to stop working while receiving payments, but will be able to maintain a level of oversight of their business which means they will be able to complete occasional and administrative tasks in their business.
In another amendment, both employees and the self-employed will be eligible for a subsequent period of paid parental leave if their expected date of delivery or adoption is at least six months after they return to work from previous leave, down from 12 months at present.
Background: Paid parental leave
Payments will equal the self-employed parent's average weekly earnings over the past six or 12 months, up to a maximum of $372.12 a week before tax - the maximum currently paid to employees on paid parental leave.
For the self-employed
Further information for self-employed parents is available on the Department of Labour website www.ers.govt.nz or by calling the Department of Labour's Workplace Contact Centre on 0800 20 90 20
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