Changes to Paid Parental Leave and Child Support
The Government announced changes to parental leave provisions that came into effect on 1 April 2016. These include:
- The parental leave payment period extended to 18 weeks for a child that is born, expected to be born, or you assume primary care of a child under six years of age on or after 1 April 2016.
- The parental leave payment extended to non-standard workers (such as casual, seasonal, and employees with more than one employer) and those who have recently changed jobs in addition to other employees and self-employed people.
- Entitlements extended to cover all permanent arrangements where the applicant has primary responsibility for the care, development, and upbringing of child under 6 years, including adoption, Home for Life parents, whāngai, grandparents etc from 1 April 2016.
- Paid keeping-in-touch days available for employees on parental leave, by agreement between the employer and employee, from 1 April 2016
- The parental tax credit increased to $220 a week, and the payment period was extended from eight weeks to 10 weeks from 1 April 2015.
- The maximum weekly amount of parental leave payments increased from 1 July 2015
- Additional parental leave payments of up to 13 weeks, are available if a baby is born prematurely before 37 weeks.
- Some terms associated with parental leave have changed, maternity leave has been replaced by primary carer leave, paternity/ partner’s leave has been replaced by partner’s leave.
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Change to the child support qualifying age
From 1 April 2016, the qualifying age for children to be included in a child support assessment is under 18 unless the child is aged 18 and enrolled at and attending a school. This change applies to children you receive or pay child support for and children you’ve named as dependents.
A school is defined as:
- a registered school, as defined in the Education Act 1989, or
- an overseas school.
- Before a child’s 18th birthday we’ll send you a letter, or email if you’re registered with myIR, asking about the child’s plans.
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