Payment for parental leave to rise

Paid parental leave payments will increase from July 1, 2011, by a maximum of $17 a week taking the maximum weekly government payment to $458.82.
The minimum government payment for self-employed parents will also increase from $127.50 per week to $130.00 per week.
The maximum rate of paid parental leave is adjusted every year to account for any increase in average weekly earnings.
Parents eligible for the scheme are entitled to up to 14 weeks paid leave at a rate calculated on the basis of their average weekly earnings.
For more information about paid parental leave and to calculate entitlements go to www.dol.govt.nz/paidparental