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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin October 2010
22 OCTOBER 2010 The Australian Government has approved a comprehensive Paid Parental Leave Scheme for new parents who are the primary carers of a child born or adopted after 1 January 2011. ELIGIbILITY REQUIREMEnTS When W I ll an employee rece I ve pa I d parentalleave? Employees will be entitled to receive Paid Parental Leave from 1 January 2011 if they satisfy the following conditions: • be the mother of a newborn child or the initial primary care of a recently adopted child under 16 years of age; • meet the Paid Parental Leave work test before the birth or adoption occurs; • have an individual income of $150,000 or less in the financial year prior to the date of birth, or adoption of the child; • be a resident of Australia. WhatISthe pa I dparentalleave Work teSt? The Paid Parental Leave work test provides that an employee will be eligible under the scheme if they have engaged in work continuously for at least 10 of the 13 months prior to the birth or adoption of the child and worked for at least 330 hours in that 10 month period (which works out to be around one day per week). This means casual, part-time and full-time employees, as well as those who are self-employed or contractors will be eligible for Paid Parental Leave so long as they satisfy the work test administered by the Family Assistance Office. InfORMATIOn fOR EMPLOYERS WhatISthe roleof the employerInpa I d parentalleave and WhenW I llmyrolebeg I n? The role of the employer will be voluntary during the ‘phasing in’ period from 1 January 2011 up to 30 June 2011. If an employer chooses not to participate in the scheme during this period the Family Assistance Office will provide payments directly to eligible employees. From 1 July 2011 all employers will be responsible for providing Paid Parental Leave to eligible employees who give birth or adopt a child on or after 1 July 2011 where the employee: • has worked in the business for 12 months or more; and • is expecting to receive eight weeks or more of Paid Parental Leave. Employers will have the choice to pay employees who have worked in the business for less than 12 months or for those not expecting to receive more than eight weeks of Paid Parental Leave. If you decide not to pay in these circumstances the Family Assistance Office will provide payments directly to such employees. WhenandhoW doeS my buSIneSS rece I ve parentalleave fundS? The Family Assistance Office will transfer Parental Leave pay to the employer’s nominated bank account on either a fortnightly basis or in three six-weekly instalments. Employers should then provide Parental Leave pay as part of the employee’s usual pay cycle from this deposit. hoW do IknoW Ifmy employee ISelIgIble to rece I ve pa I d parental leave? Employers will not be required to work out whether an employee is eligible for Paid Parental Leave. This will be done by the Family Assistance Office. doIneed to prov I de Superannuat I oncontr I but I onS for parental leave pay? Employers will not be required to make super contributions on Parental Leave pay. the pAiD parental leave scheme “The Australian Government has approved a comprehensive Paid Parental Leave Scheme for new parents who are the primary carers of a child born or adopted after 1 January 2011.”
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