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Paid parental leave entitlements to be increased

The Paid Parental Leave work test is being altered to take into account the circumstances of pregnant employees who are unable to continue working because of the hazardous nature of their employment that presents a risk to their pregnancy - and there is no safe job alternative available.

Currently, an employee must have:

  • worked for at least 10 months of the 13 months period prior to the birth or adoption of their child; and
  • worked for at least 330 hours in that 10-month period with no more than an eight week gap between two working days, in order to satisfy the work test. A person having a break of up to eight weeks between two working days is classified as a ‘permissible break’.

The changes will:

  • measure the 13-month work requirement, not from the date the child was born, but from the date the pregnant employee ceased work due to the hazards at her workplace posing risk to her pregnancy; and
  • provide for the ‘permissible break’ in the work test to be extended from eight weeks to 12 weeks between two working days.

If passed, the changes will take effect on 1 January 2020. 

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