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Parental LeaveNovember 21, 2014
Joe Murphy of the Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors has said this week that employers will need to be aware of the ‘parental leave minefield’. Next year Tony Abbott is planning on introducing a new paid parental leave scheme. As of the 1 July 2015, the Federal Government is set to offer parents on incomes up to $100,000 full salary replacement for 26 weeks plus super.
Parental leave can be a confusing topic. Employees are unaware of their employment entitlements and employers are confused about when and how to offer parental leave to their staff. There are also typically cases of discrimination and adverse action that arise when an employee falls pregnant. This is due to employers not being educated about the correct employment procedures and policies.
With the possible introduction of the new scheme, 2015 will see an increase in legal cases surrounding parental leave and discrimination. Employers will need to be ready.
The best way to go about protecting your small business is to seek advice and reassurance from an external professional. This is to ensure that your business remains up to date with law changes and can immediately provide support and protection should an employment issue arise.
Recently in the US a new mother was awarded $185 million when a jury found that she had been a victim of pregnancy and gender discrimination. The manager of AutoZone was constantly scolded and criticised after she told her superior that she was pregnant. Her boss doubled her work load and in a frustrated and upset tone condemned her pregnancy to her face. He exclaimed that she ‘couldn’t handle working in her condition’.
If you are an employer and would like advice and support on how to implement parental leave into your employee handbooks and contracts or if you would like to make sure that your business is compliant with current workplace laws call Employsure today on 1300 651 415 or fill in the form below.
*Information sourced via HC online website.