Paid Parental Leave - Changes
Parenthood is an important and exciting time of life and here at NZME, we understand your world can turn upside down when you have a new-born at home and every bit of support makes a difference to your well-being and that of your child and family.
NZME would like to support our employees at this time and we have therefore delighted to announce some positive changes to recognise what can be a challenging time financially, emotionally and career wise.
Currently at NZME, primary carers get statutory Government paid parental leave benefits - 22 weeks at a maximum payment of $538.55 gross per week (this is the law). We are delighted to now extend an additional and generous one-off payment to primary carers when they start parental leave. This is the equivalent of more than nine weeks further paid leave.
We understand returning to work with a young child at home often requires you to take more time off. Current legislation allows you to take leave,but unfortunately this is often unpaid as you have not worked for the previous 12 months. NZME are pleased to offer eligible primary carers, on their immediate return to work, two weeks of their accrued annual leave payable at their base rate. NZME is committed to supporting parents fairly. As a policy, we will ensure all primary carers are included in the annual salary review process whilst on parental leave. We are also committed to genuinely consider all flexible working applications on return from leave.
In addition, we would like to offer further support for eligible partners of the primary carer, who can currently take up to two weeks statutory unpaid leave around the time of birth or adoption. Effective immediately this leave will no longer need to be unpaid for permanent employees – it will be payable at your normal base salary rate. We want to ensure that this leave can be taken flexibly and used when best suits – the leave can be taken in one block of two weeks or broken up and used over individual days over six months.
We understand that all families are different, so by making these changes we hope to be able to help you in your return to work with ongoing support and flexibility to continue your career with us. I truly believe that your life often cannot be completely separated from your work, by empowering our working parents, with greater support and flexibility, we hope to build a happier and more engaged workplace.