Parental leave ad­vice at hand

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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.

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