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Maternity Leave

(also known as parental leave) is a period of leave, which is taken when a child is born or adopted. Eligible employees are entitled to 12 months of unpaid parental leave. They can also request an additional 12 months of leave (which can only be refused on reasonable business grounds).

Employees are entitled to take parental leave if they have worked for their employer for at least 12 months prior to the date or expected date of birth, before the date of adoption, or when the leave starts (eg. if the leave is taken after another person cares for the child or takes parental leave) and that person will have responsibility for care of a child.

Mediation

A process by which a neutral third party called a mediator helps people in conflict to negotiate a mutually acceptable outcome. These negotiation sessions are confidential and provide both parties the possibility of reaching a satisfactory outcome on their own terms, unlike court where the decision is made by a judge.

Minimum Wage

A minimum wage is an employee’s base rate of pay for ordinary hours worked. It is generally dependent on the industrial instrument that applies to their employment. The national minimum wage order outlines the minimum wage for Award and agreement-free employees.

Modern Awards

Awards (Modern Awards) are legal documents that outline the minimum pay rates and conditions of employment. Awards apply to businesses and employees depending on the industry they work in and the type of job worked. Every Award outlines coverage and explains to whom the Award would apply.

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