Changes to Holidays Act welcomed

March 1, 2021

Workers will be able to get sick leave, bereavement and family violence leave from the first days of their employment under changes to the Holidays Act.

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU), of which NZNO is an affiliated union, has welcomed a raft of changes to the Act, recommended by the Holidays Act Taskforce. The Government announced last month that it would accept the 22 recommended changes.

CTU president Richard Wagstaff was a member of the taskforce and said the changes should make implementation of the Act easier.

Two other significant changes are:

  • extension of the criteria for bereavement leave to include more family members, including cultural family groups and more modern family structures; and
  • removing the current parental leave ‘override’, to address discrimination against parents who take time off to care for their young children.