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Who
Primary carers and or expectant mothers.
When
Not within the first 28 days of a child's birth.

If your employer agrees, you can use keeping in touch hours while you're on paid parental leave. 

Maximum hours

The maximum keeping in touch hours you can use are 64 hours over the 26-week paid parental leave period

Keeping in touch hours cannot be used within the first 28 days after your baby is born.

Self-employed

If you are self-employed you are not entitled to keeping in touch hours, however you can do occasional oversight or administration of your business without losing your entitlement.

For more information about keeping in touch hours visit Employment New Zealand's website.

Employment New Zealand (employment.govt.nz)

Last updated: 28 Feb 2021
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