Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Budget 2005: Paid parental leave to self-employed

24 April 2005 Media Statement
Budget 2005

Paid parental leave to be extended to self-employed

Legislation to extend New Zealand’s paid parental leave scheme to the self-employed will be introduced to Parliament this year, Associate Labour Minister Ruth Dyson said today.

The Labour-Progressive Government introduced paid parental leave for the first time in New Zealand in 2002. Since that time 45,000 people have accessed the scheme. The scheme was extended last year to more parents and the duration of the payment period was increased from 12 weeks to 13 weeks and will be extended again to 14 weeks in December this year.

“The Prime Minister made it clear in her speech at the start of the Parliamentary year that extending the scheme to self-employed was a priority. I am delighted that this work has now been completed, and legislation can be introduced,” Ruth Dyson said.

“Improvements to the paid parental leave scheme in Budget 2005 will help working parents and will make New Zealand a fairer and more inclusive society.”

The legislation will be introduced this year and, when passed, is aimed to come into force from 1 July 2006.

Fourteen weeks paid parental leave will be available to self-employed mothers who have been working an average of 10 hours per week during the six months before the birth or date of adoption of a child (with the same right to transfer to their partners as applies for employees.)

Payment would be at a rate equal to their average weekly income, up to a maximum consistent with that applying to employees (currently $346.63 per week.).

Self-employed people who make a loss or earn less than the minimum wage for a minimum of 10 hours per week (currently $95 per week) would be entitled to parental leave payments at a flat rate equivalent to 10 hours per week paid at the rate of the minimum wage.

Ruth Dyson said it was estimated that 2173 self-employed people would take paid parental leave each year.

“A full evaluation of the parental leave scheme and the experiences of women, including those currently not eligible for parental leave, their partners and employers will be carried out this year.

“This is a significant step in extending our paid parental leave scheme, giving practical, financial help to new mothers and enabling them to have income immediately following the birth or adoption of their baby, and giving them greater choice about when to return to paid work,” Ruth Dyson said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More

Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election