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Changes to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987 will allow some workers on parental leave to temporarily go back to work without losing their entitlements.

This change applies to workers who went back to work early from parental leave for reasons related to the COVID-19 outbreak since 25 March 2020.

Workers will not lose their PPL entitlement if either of the following apply:

  • their skills, experience or qualification mean nobody else can fill their role
  • there is unusually high demand for workers in their role.

We have information about the change on our COVID-19 support for families page.

COVID-19 Support for families


Temporary changes to parental leave (employment.govt.nz)