Parental leave advice at hand
EMPLOYERS with questions about how eligible employees are paid through the Federal Government’s paid parental leave scheme can contact Centrelink for more information.
The paid parental leave scheme was introduced this year and provides employees who give birth or adopt a child, and are the primary caregiver who takes parental leave, with the national minimum wage for up to 18 weeks.
Centrelink wants to help more employers understand what is required of them under the new scheme.
Employers are to provide the parental leave pay to eligible employees from July 1.
Centrelink general manager Hank Jongen says employers must understand they do not fund the scheme themselves.
‘‘Instead, they transfer the payments from Centrelink to their eligible employees through their usual pay cycle,’’ he says.
Centrelink has held a webcast with experts answering employer questions in the past and is providing several other methods to provide employers with information and support.
More information about the scheme is available at www.centrelink.gov.au or parents can call 13 61 50.