Sue Moroney’s bill

Sue MoroneySue Moroney has a members’ bill in Parliament to extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to 26 weeks.

It passed its first vote in Parliament on 25 July 2012, with the support of Labour, the Greens, NZ First, the Maori Party, United Future and the Mana Party.

It is currently before a Parliamentary select committee.  Submissions on the bill have closed and the committee is currently hearing verbally from submitters.

A copy of the bill, Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill  is available here, and you can stay up to date with its progress on this page on Parliament’s website.

You can get in touch with Sue Moroney and find out more about the bill on her page here: www.labour.org.nz/ppl

2 thoughts on “Sue Moroney’s bill

  1. I have a question (or two). If the bill goes through, will it be only families with babies born after the 1st of July benefit? In other words, what if the birth is (for example) the 25th June?
    Is it possible that if a mother/father is already on paid parental leave, the leave will be extended for the extra four weeks?

    • Hi Shaelyn – no, if it passes, babies born before the bill comes into effect wont be covered unfortunately. Also, as its currently drafted, its implementation would be staggered – ie 4 additional weeks each year for three years until it reaches 26 weeks.

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