WHAT IS PRO­POSED

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

At the mo­ment, new par­ents are en­ti­tled to re­ceive 18 weeks of gov­ern­ment-funded paid parental leave at the min­i­mum wage to sup­ple­ment schemes of­fered by em­ploy­ers. The 18-week sup­ple­ment is taxed, and at the na­tional min­i­mum wage – cur­rently around $670 a week. The re­vised scheme would cut or re­duce pay­ments to women who re­ceive ma­ter­nity pay from their em­ployer. For ex­am­ple, to­day an em­ployee en­ti­tled to eight weeks paid leave from their em­ployer could ac­cess 18 weeks, tak­ing their paid leave to 26 weeks, or six months. Un­der the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion, ti­tled Fairer Paid Parental Leave, the same woman would be en­ti­tled to claim 10 weeks to take her paid leave to 18 weeks, or four months. The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, who aim to im­ple­ment the changes from Jan­uary 1, 2017, es­ti­mate the change would save $2 bil­lion. If passed, the scheme is pre­dicted to af­fect around 80,000 women, who would have their en­ti­tle­ment re­duced or cut al­to­gether.

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