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The law gives employees three days’ leave when a pregnancy ends with a stillbirth without having to tap into sick leave.
New Zealand’s parliament has passed legislation giving mothers and their partners the right to paid leave following a miscarriage or stillbirth, becoming only the second country in the world to do so.
The bereavement allowance, passed unanimously in parliament.
"The passing of this bill shows that once again New Zealand is leading the way for progressive and compassionate legislation, becoming only the second country in the world to provide leave for miscarriage and stillbirth,” said Labour Party MP Ginny Andersen, who initiated the bill.
“The bill will give women and their partners time to come to terms with their loss without having to tap into sick leave. Because their grief is not a sickness, it is a loss. And loss takes time.”
The leave provisions apply to mothers, their partners as well as parents planning to have a child through adoption or surrogacy, she said.
One in four New Zealand women have had a miscarriage. After philippines and India, New zealand became 3rd country to announce paid miscariage leaves.