Parliament

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

 

Govt vetoes paid parental leave bill


Hon Bill English
Minister of Finance
Hon Michael Woodhouse
Minister of Workplace Relations

16 June 2016 Media Statement

Govt veto’s paid parental leave bill

Finance Minister Bill English has today vetoed proposed changes to paid parental leave.

Mr English has exercised his powers of Financial Veto ahead of the third reading of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill.

“Treasury estimates the cost of this legislation amounts to $278 million over the next four years, a significant extra - unbudgeted - cost.

“That’s on top of the $251 million a year (net of tax) taxpayers are expected to spend by 2020 under the existing paid parental leave framework.

“The financial veto is intended to enable predictable financial management of public finances.

“The Government has recently extended paid parental leave from 14 to 18 weeks, and extended eligibility, at a total annual cost of $65 million. This is an appropriate extension relative to other pressing social needs where the Government has increased funding,” he says.

Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse says the Government will continue to develop New Zealand’s paid parental leave framework to ensure it better reflects modern-day work and family arrangements.

“From 1 April 2016, we made paid parental leave more modern, more flexible and more practical to ensure more parents and carers get as much time with their young children as possible, which will help to improve outcomes for families and children while being fiscally responsible and recognising current economic conditions.



“In addition to the 18 weeks extension, more workers will now be eligible for parental leave payments, eligible parents of pre-term babies will be entitled to a longer period of payments than the standard 18 weeks and workers will be able to take parental leave more flexibly, if it works for them and their employer,” he says.

In addition to extending paid parental leave, the Government is providing extensive support for families in other areas, including free doctors’ visits and prescriptions for children under 13 and the first increase in benefit rates for families with children since the early 1970s.

Under standing orders, the Government can exercise a financial veto if it decides a bill will have more than a minor fiscal impact if it were to become a law.

There are 32 clauses in the Bill and the financial veto is particularly in response to clauses 15 and 29, which propose to extend paid parental leave to 22 weeks by April next year, and 26 weeks (six months) by April 2018.

Veto_Certificate.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Fair Pay Agreements Good: CTU Releases Report On Sector Bargaining

The Council of Trade Unions has today released an independent report conducted by economic research company BERL into the validity of sector bargaining.

And the findings are clear - there is no economic reason not to implement sector bargaining but many social and individual wellbeing reasons to do so. More>>

 

Goldsmith New National Finance Spokesperson: Amy Adams To Leave Politics In 2020

Amy Adams has announced she will retire from politics at the 2020 election and as a consequence of that decision she has chosen to stand down from the spokesperson roles she holds in the Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Government's Cosmetic Banking Reforms

The elephant in the room as the government carries out its latest bout of tinkerings with our banking practice is the extraordinary level of profit-taking still being extracted by the Australian Banking Gang from ordinary New Zealanders. Yes indeed, ... More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Offensive Language, Misuse Of Pepper Spray

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that, following a pursuit in Auckland, a man was dealt with inappropriately and unprofessionally by a Police officer during his arrest. More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: Gender Inclusive Questions Introduced

More than 28,000 New Zealand households will be asked to take part in the upcoming Household Economic Survey. Starting this year, the survey will ask people to describe their gender – whether that is male, female, or if they see themselves another way, such as one of many non-binary genders. More>>

New Report: Are We Listening To Children?

A report released today is a sharp reminder that what children and young people say makes a difference, and that it’s time we paid more attention to their views, says Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft. More>>

ALSO:

The Nation: Canadian Euthanasia Practitioner Stefanie Green

The euthanasia debate is progressing, with the End of Life Choice Bill expected to have its second reading in Parliament on Wednesday. A similar bill was passed in Canada in 2016 ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Gun Buy-Back Scheme

Do gun amnesties and buy-backs save lives? Since it’s always difficult to exclude all of the socio-economic factors that may be operating in parallel, the die-hard denialists in the gun lobby will always be able to find a bit of wiggle room. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels