Parental leave changes

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Among the many things that changed on 1 July is parental leave entitlements.

If you’re an employer, you need to know that both parents are entitled to commence parental leave at any time in the 24 months following the birth or placement of their child. Both parents may request an extension of up to an additional 12 months, without impacting the amount of leave available to the other parent.

The number of flexible parental leave days parents can take over a 24-month period has increased, by combining paid parental leave and Dad and Partner Pay into one payment, increasing from 90 days (18 weeks) to 100 days (20 weeks).

Pregnant employees may access some of the 100 days flexible entitlement up to six weeks before the expected date of birth of their child.

Restrictions preventing employees who are married or in a de facto relationship from taking more than eight weeks of unpaid parental leave at the same time has been abolished.

NatRoad advisors are available to help you navigate these changes.