Changes to Parental Leave

Entitlements for parental leave have increased from 1 July 2020.

An employee who has a baby due on or after 1 July 2020 will be entitled to 26 weeks primary carer leave provided they have worked for their employer on average at least 10 hours per week for the six months before the baby’s due date. This has increased from 22 weeks.

In addition, employees on parental leave are allowed to work for a few hours during their parental leave in order to keep in touch with their employer and not lose their parental leave payment (if eligible). From 1 July 2020 an employee on parental leave can work up to 64 hours (increased from 52 hours) and not lose their parental leave payment (if eligible).

Due to COVID-19, there has also been a temporary law change allowing some workers on parental leave to temporarily go back to work without losing their parental leave entitlement.