From January 1st 2019 the new leave provisions under the Employment Relations Act 2018 will take effect.
These are Family Care Leave and Parental Leave which includes Paternity Leave and the increase in Maternity Leave days.
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relation, Jone Usamate said that Family Care Leave is taken by workers who wish to provide care and support to members of the worker’s immediate family or a member of the worker’s household.
The worker is entitled to Family Care Leave of not less than 5 working days during each year of service.
Family Care Leave is applicable to workers that have completed more than 3 months continuous service with the same employer.
For Paternity Leave a worker is entitled to not less than 5 working days.
The Maternity Leave increase from 84 days to 98 days will also take effect from January 1st 2019.