A Bill that has now been referred to the select committee proposes to extend paid parental leave to the self-employed.
Self-employed mothers who have been working an average of at least 10 hours per week, during either the previous 6 or 12 months before the expected date of delivery of their child, will be entitled to 14 weeks’ paid parental leave. Parental leave payments may be transferred by a self-employed mother to an eligible partner.
To be eligible for parental leave payments a self-employed person will be required to take a break from his or her work. However, unlike an employed person, the self-employed person can maintain a level of oversight of his or her business during the period of parental leave.
If the Bill is passed it will take effect from 1 July 2006.
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