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Parental Leave increase and your IEAs

Effective from 1 July 2020, the amount of parental leave increased from 22 weeks to 26 weeks, and ‘Keeping in Touch’ days for employees increases from 52 hours to 64 hours over the duration of their paid parental leave.

What are ‘Keeping in Touch’ days?

Keeping in Touch days allow parents to perform occasional work while on parental leave if they choose to and have obtained their employer’s consent. Keeping in Touch days help workers stay connected with their employer.

What housekeeping do I need to do with my HR administration with regards to this law change?

  1. Pass this information onto your payroll unit and to tell eligible employees of their new entitlement.
  2. Review the Parental Leave clause in your current IEA, but as the law overrides the provision in the IEA, you do not need to do it across the board. 

It might be that you want to make this change as part of a general update of your IEAs or for new staff.

To find out more about this new law or to review your IEAs, please contact Steve Newby on 0212621035; steve@newbyhr.com

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