Then I was thinking the goverment could 'top up' the mat leave to a total of 6 months- so if you get 3 months off your employer the government could add 3 months to a total of 6 months. But would that encourage employers to reduce their own mat leave and save themselves money that way, by getting the government essentially to pay for it all? I'm not sure. I agree though, it hardly puts everyone at an equal playing ground if someone is getting a generous mat leave from their employer plus the government one, and someone else only gets the government one.
Saw the AFR articles this morning!
Sorry, slightly OT, but I really think we need to make a concerted effort as a community to encourage men to take parental leave and take a more active role in raising their family. This is difficult because they often earn more than their female partner, so this is something that needs to be addressed. But, I don't think the answer is just making it more and more attractive for women to take extended breaks from the workforce.
I know all the press talk about the scheme being for women as that is the norm, but is anyone actually certain that only mothers can get it and not fathers if they are the primary carer? Isn't that gender discrimination? I find it hard to believe... Will need to look into it.
Yeah it's primary carers:
If the father is the baby's primary carer, he will receive the payment at the mother's salary. The scheme also applies to same-sex couples.
I don't think I'm eligible for the current ppl scheme, still no way I'm voting for Tony Abbott, it's just a very attractive red herring that will never eventuate (At least not to the level he is promising anyway)
What are the companies that will pay the bill? our business is a company, safe to say I don't want more tax.
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