Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

What the New Parental Scheme Really Means

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

What the New Parental Scheme Really Means

Article excerpt

Specialist workplace relations lawyer Lisa Aitken advises there are a number of eligibility criteria parents must meet before they can claim the paid leave and that employers have a range of obligations. Here is an excerpt from one of her recent information updates.

"Where the employer agrees to make the payment (pre-July 2011) or is required by an "Employer Determination" order to make the payment (post-July 2011), it must within 14 days of the date of the notice of order provide details of its bank account and pay cycle to the Family Assistance Office.

"The employer must withhold tax from the parental leave payment under usual PAYG requirements, and must include the parental leave payments in the total amounts of annual and part-year payment summaries. Superannuation is not payable on the parental leave payments nor will the payments need to be taken into consideration for workers compensation declarations or payroll tax declarations.

"Employees will not accrue leave while on parental leave notwithstanding that their service with the employer is continuous. …

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