Parental Leave

Posted By TEU on Jan 23, 2014 |

Parents, caregivers and their children should have the opportunity and the right to spend as much time together as possible during their first months and years together. Children need time to bond with those that care for them.”  Parental leave is a crucial working right but it’s also an important tool for enlightened employers who want the economic benefits of retaining experienced workers, ensuring a place for families in their business and contributing to their communities.

TEU campaigns for the rights of parents to choose to spend important bonding time with their new babies and children without sacrificing their jobs or careers.

26 for BabiesTEU supports the ’26 for babies’ campaign to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks. Currently there is a  bill befoe Parliament aimed at increasing taxpayer funded Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks.parentpar

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Links to relevant information:

Department of Labour

The Employment Relations Service provides basic information about the rights and obligations of employees, employers and self-employed persons in respect of parental leave. It has the current parental leave entitlements, featuring statutory paid parental leave for birth mothers, their partners as well as adoptive parents.

Inland Revenue – paid parental leave

Paid parental leave is a government-funded entitlement paid to eligible working mothers and adoptive parents when they take parental leave from their job(s) to care for their newborn or adopted child (under the age of six).”  These payments go towards the loss of income that working mothers and adoptive parents experience when they take parental leave from work to care for a new baby or adopted child.

Parental Leave – before, during and after

This toolkit on Combining Parental Leave and a Career at the University of Auckland has been prepared by the Equity office in conjunction with the Tertiary Education Union. It applies at Auckland University only, but contains information that may be helpful to others.

Sue Moroney’s bill to extend Paid Parental Leave to six months

Labour MP, Sue  Moroney, currently has a bill before  that will, if passed, extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to six months. The CTU has welcomed the bill and is supporting efforts to see it passed.

Latest TEU news on parental leave:

  • More parents get paid leave this week

    This week working parents are eligible for 18 weeks’ paid parental leave after the government’s new Employment Standards Legislation Bill came into force on Friday. TEU vice-president Cat Pausé says the ...

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  • Parental leave for fixed-term women

    Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 33 Many more tertiary education workers could get access to paid parental leave if changes proposed in the Employment Standards Legislation Bill proceed. TEU women’s officer Suzanne ...

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  • Eight more weeks parental leave better for babies’ health

    Extending paid parental leave from 18 weeks to 26 will be better for babies’ health which is better for us all in the long-term, socially and financially, says TEU women’s ...

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      TEU Victoria University Branch Newsletter – September 2014 In this issue: AGM-a-calling: Welcome from the Branch President Ask them Anything: TEU Presidential Election Election Special: Union members could make the difference Election Special: 3 Reasons to ...

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  • Modernising parental leave

    TEU women’s officer Suzanne McNabb hopes paid parental leave will be easier to access and more suitable for modern workplaces once the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) modernises ...

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