Opt in to provide Parental Leave Pay

You can opt in to provide Parental Leave Pay to employees you're not required to provide it to.

As well as long term employees, you can choose to provide Parental Leave Pay to:

  • eligible employees including those who you haven't employed for at least 12 months
  • employees who will receive less than 8 weeks of Parental Leave Pay.

You and your employee must agree for this to happen.

You can nominate an opt in date and provide Parental Leave Pay to eligible employees who submit a claim from that date.

Claims for the Paid Parental Leave scheme can be submitted as early as 3 months in advance. For you to provide Parental Leave Pay to an eligible employee, you must opt in before the employee’s claim is submitted.

To be ready to provide Parental Leave Pay, you will need to register for online services for businesses. Do this by registering for Provider Digital Access (PRODA) and our Business Hub online services

Already registered for our online services? Log on to PRODA  now to make sure your details are up to date. It’ll only take a few minutes and will make it easier for us to contact you.

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The Employer Toolkit is your complete guide to the Paid Parental Leave scheme and what you need to do.

Page last updated: 11 June 2020