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Thanks to all for the efforts put into a great 2016

Seasons Greetings and all the best for 2017

New analysis from the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association

New mums working in retail for employers like Bunnings, Woolworths and Coles will be thousands of dollars worse off under the proposed ppl legislation:

EXAMPLES OF EMPLOYER PROVIDED PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

 

 

Boardlinks relaunch missing the vital links

In Women’s Agenda, Claire Braund writes about the Government’s approach to appointing women on government boards.

Will an ‘investment approach’ to welfare help the most disadvantaged?

Peter Whiteford addresses this question in The Conversation.

Canberra – Tuesday 17 November 2015

Senator Katy Gallagher entertained 100 of us at dinner at the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday 17 November. Events are planned for 2016 in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra

– Watch this space!

Melbourne event held 28 July 2015

More than 50 of us listened to the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, discuss the Government’s agenda for women and field questions on issues including domestic violence, equal pay, tax and its relationship to child care and measurable targets for women’s representation in Parliament

Perth event held 16 June 2015

More than 40 people attended our inaugural WA event. Katie Day from Fortescue Metals Group spoke about her personal journey to become a FIFO woman in mining operations.

Paid Parental Leave: Six Month Top Up proposal

OFFICAL COMMUNIQUE

The Australian Government has proposed changes to the Paid Parental Leave Scheme that will undermine Australian families’ ability to stay at home with their babies for the first six months of their lives.

The Australian Government’s current Paid Parental Leave Scheme provides two Australian-Government funded payments to eligible working families

Parental Leave Pay (PLP), 18 weeks at the National Minimum Wage (NMW) ($11,826 at 1 July 2015), with employers able to provide additional benefits e.g. fund extra weeks of paid leave

Dad and Partner Pay (DAPP), 2 weeks at the NMW with employers able to “top up” to normal earnings

The current proposal seeks to stop working parents who are primary carers from accessing the government entitlements if their employer pay exceeds the PLP payment. But employers will still be able to “top up” the DAPP.

An alternative proposal

The current scheme is based on the principle that the minimum entitlements provided by the Government would be complemented by employer schemes which lengthened the period of paid parental leave to achieve the optimal leave period recommended by the World Health Organisation of 26 weeks.

The current scheme has successfully met this objective, with the Paid Parental Leave Evaluation showing that the current “PLP had a clear effect of delaying mothers’ return to work up to about six months after the birth of their baby.” (Paid Parental Leave: Evaluation Report, p4)

The evaluation has also shown that the DAPP scheme has contributed to culture change among employees and employers, with “some fathers more willing to be assertive about taking leave following a birth, and some employers more inclined to see such leave as legitimate and a normal aspect of the leave taken by employees.” (Evaluation Report, p 13).

We do not want to risk the gains made by the PLP and DAPP Schemes and propose the following measures to strengthen the program:

26 weeks paid at the NMW as the, Australian Government Parental Leave Payment – to enable the primary care giver to access $17,079 in payments during the first six months of their child’s life

4 weeks paid at the NMW as the Australian Government Dad and Partner Payment DAPP – to accelerate the culture change around the role of fathers in raising children

Extension of the DAPP “top up” provisions to PLP – to enable both parents, not just Dads, to maintain workforce attachment with their employer during their parental leave

Superannuation for both payments – to contribute to retirement income, particularly among women

No restrictions on bargaining rights or employer voluntary additions adding to these payments – to enable employers to position themselves as Employers of Choice and attract and retain workers

This proposal was prepared in collaboration with YWCA Australia and the National Foundation of Australian Women.

Scenario 1: Bank Employee

Nora is pregnant and works full time as a customer service consultant at a bank, where she earns $50,000 ($962 a week).
Her employer has an 8 weeks paid parental leave scheme ($7,692 for the 8 weeks).
Her partner, Charlie, works at a child care centre. He earns $39,000 a year and does not have an employer scheme that pays for partner leave.

Current PPL situation

Nora is able to access the Government Parental Leave Payment of $11,539 (former NMW rate pre, July 2015 adjustment) over 18 weeks and her employer funded parental leave of $7,692 (8 weeks). This means Nora would be able to access 26 weeks leave, with an income of $19,231. This is 76% of her regular wages for that period ($25,000).
Charlie is able to claim 2 weeks of government partner leave at minimum wage for $1282 (former NMW rate pre, July 2015 adjustment) during that period.


Abbott Government Proposal

Under the new proposal, Nora would no longer be able to receive both the PLP and her employer’s payment. Instead, she would have access to 18 weeks of minimum wage – made up of her employer funded leave of ($7,692) and a $4134 top-up. This would bring the total amount of paid parental leave that she receives during the 18 week period to NMW $11,826 (calculated at adjusted NMW rage from 1 July 2015). This means that her parental leave drops to 66% of her regular earnings.
If Nora was to stretch out her total paid parental leave entitlements to the recommended 26 weeks, her weekly payment would be $444, which is 46% of her regular earnings.
Charlie would also be entitled to claim 2 weeks of government partner leave at minimum wage for $1314 during that period.

Alternative proposal

Under the preferred paid parental leave proposal, Nora would be entitled to 26 weeks of minimum wage, government funded paid parental leave. This would total $17,079 for the 26 week period.

Her employer would be able to provide a top-up to Nora, at a cost of $7918, so that the family suffered no wage penalty during the six-month parental leave period.
Charlie would be entitled to 4 weeks minimum wage, government funded Dad and Partner Pay of $2628 over the 4 week period. His employer would also be supported by legislation to top-up to a wage-replacement level.
Both these government payments would include superannuation contributing to the families’ retirement income.

It’s time to talk Paid Parental Leave, Tony

WOMEN’S AGENDA talking about Paid Parental Leave

visit – http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/top-stories/its-time-to-talk-paid-parental-leave-tony/201505225790