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Parental Leave changes and what this means for your payroll

By SmartPayroll | March 20, 2015

More parental leave from the 1st April 2015

Our friends at recently published an article on upcoming changes to Parental Leave laws:

The following changes to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987 will come into force on 1 April 2015:

– Paid parental leave will increase from 14 weeks to 16 weeks;

– For babies born on or after 1 April 2015, the Government will increase the parental tax credit from $150 a week to $220 a week, and extend the payment period from 8 weeks to 10 weeks.

From 1 April 2016 parental leave payments will apply to more workers in particular to people who have recently changed jobs, seasonal and casual workers, and workers with more than one employer, and leave entitlement will increase by two weeks again to 18 weeks.

For an in-depth guide on the Act including the latest changes, you can check out Employer Assistance’s eBook ‘Parental Leave Guide 2015

Our friends at also have a great toolbox for employers:

Employer Support Package members please see the Library section of the Employers Toolbox to download this guide. Non members can purchase from the website here.”

What does this change mean for your Payroll processing?

The great thing about using SmartPayroll is that the platform stays up to date with tax and legislative changes relating to pay and leave. For the Parental entitlements changes from 1 April 2015, our system will automatically update to the entitlement change.

If anyone has any staff going on parental leave however, it’s always best to call the SmartPayroll helpdesk so we can be sure it’s set up correctly.