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    Me too!

    The issue will be that they generally don't like to make exceptions for one person, so I will need to convince them that they should make this available for all women employees, and they may argue it sets a precedent they don't want for regular employees just wanting to extend their annual leave...

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    Totally understand, would be much easier!

    Hope your work are willing to come to an arrangement for you

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    @JR03 you usually have good advice for these types of questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaGal View Post
    yeah that might have to be the backup option.

    I just think it'll be easier to manage if half pay is coming in rather than having to siphon off half of it and try not to spend it...
    You also get taxed a little less per pay when it is at half pay as opposed to siphoning it away. For eg take home at full pay is $2000 per fortnight but at half pay its $1300.

    I agree, it will be a company thing. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaGal View Post
    Hi Hubbers

    Is anyone working in the HR field able to tell me whether there is anything preventing me (in a legal/HR sense) from taking my employer entitlements (8 weeks annual leave and 5 weeks paid maternity leave from my company) at half pay so that it lasts longer?

    I've asked my own HR department the question and the answer was pretty vague...
    I work in payroll and I've worked for companies that will do half-pay and companies that won't. There's no requirements as far as I know for them to have to do it at your request. Mostly in payroll we found it a PITA and would avoid doing it if we could!!!

    It would depend if their payroll system is set up to do it. I know at my current work that simply wouldn't be an option because the payroll system won't do it. I agree with the PP who said put your request in writing and see what they say.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gentoo View Post
    Sorry to hijack, but does anyone know- if you took paid maternity leave at half-pay, would the period count towards long service at a half-rate as well?
    Yes, kind of? If you get 10 weeks of paid maternity leave from your work (as an example, this is what my work offers) and you took it half-pay, it would accrue at half-pay but ultimately you'd still accrue the full 10 weeks just over a 20 week period. The entitlement would be the same either way.

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    You also get taxed a little less per pay when it is at half pay as opposed to siphoning it away. For eg take home at full pay is $2000 per fortnight but at half pay its $1300.

    I agree, it will be a company thing. Good luck!
    If there's any difference, it would even itself out at the end of the financial year when you lodge your tax return anyway.

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    Also, if your employer offers paid maternity leave, you are absolutely still entitled to the government PPL on top of that. I got my 10 weeks of paid maternity leave last year and then my 18 weeks of PPL as well.

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    At my work place taking leave at half pay is an option but my immediate boss had to ok it as I would still accrue long service and annual leave at full rates even though I was on half pay. This was why I wanted to do it! I was able to do it first pregnancy but second time my boss made me take it at full pay as he didn't have the extra funds to cover the extra leave I would've accrued. Not sure if it's the same at other work places but maternity leave had to be taken first (we get 14 weeks paid) then any annual or long service you wish to take. We also keep accruing long service and annual leave for the first 3 months of unpaid leave. And you can also get govt PPL at some point in the first 12 months as long as you are on leave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentoo View Post
    Sorry to hijack, but does anyone know- if you took paid maternity leave at half-pay, would the period count towards long service at a half-rate as well?
    My EBA you still accrue entitlements but at half rate ie 1 week for every 4 months off at full pay means I accrue 1 full week ever 8 months at 1/2 pay. Really is up to internal policy

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    Default Any HR Experts out there: Annual leave / Paid Maternity Leave at half-pay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apple iPhart6 View Post
    Also, if your employer offers paid maternity leave, you are absolutely still entitled to the government PPL on top of that. I got my 10 weeks of paid maternity leave last year and then my 18 weeks of PPL as well.
    Do you have to take them both at the same time? My work offers 14 weeks at full pay or 28 weeks at half pay. I would like to take my work maternity leave and the PPL one after each other.... I'm thinking this may not be possible though. I also have the option of taking up to 1 year off work (unpaid maternity leave).

    Eta: thought I should add I'm not pregnant but would like to to know for the future

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    Yes grace you can do that. You just have to be on leave, paid or unpaid, to get PPL. First time round I waited till after 1 July to take PPL as I would earn less and therefore pay less tax but it depends on when your baby is born whether it is worth waiting or taking it straight away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noty View Post
    Yes grace you can do that. You just have to be on leave, paid or unpaid, to get PPL. First time round I waited till after 1 July to take PPL as I would earn less and therefore pay less tax but it depends on when your baby is born whether it is worth waiting or taking it straight away.

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