[QU OTE=TeaM;8182101]I see what they are trying to do with this, but I agree that people should be able to access both if their employer paid leave is not sufficient.
However, there are some circumstances where it's clearly unfair to be paid both. I have several friends who work at a university that pays 6 months at full salary, but only on the basis that the employer returns to work for the term immediately following the 6 months leave or something to that effect. So basically, my friend is currently entitled to 18 weeks PPL from the government in addition to her full wage. Well that's good for her, but at the same time I think that's a huge waste of tax payer money. Why should somebody who is on leave at full pay receive extra money from Centerlink? That's like paying unemployment to people when they are gainfully employed!
I think that you should only be able to access the government PPL for any period where you are on unpaid maternity leave. That doesn't mean someone shouldn't, in the end, receive both, so long as they don't overlap. So, for example, those who receive 5 weeks from their employer could take 5 weeks + 18 weeks paid by the government following the 5 weeks. I think that's a fair balance.[/QUOTE]
Totally agree with this! If you take it for periods you are on unpaid leave, then you are actually using PPL for what it is for (staying home with your child) instead of 'topping up' your employer paid leave. It seems a much better balance .
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10-05-2015 20:40 #131Senior Member
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10-05-2015 20:49 #132
I find it unfair that mothers are better off staying home than working because their partners earn enough for childcare to cost more than the mothers income.
Which in turn means they are losing their industry currency, losing out on accumulating super, progressing in their careers.
Last year I would've been paying $525 a week in childcare, $1050 after the CCR ran out. I'd be paying to attend work, earning nothing.
10-05-2015 20:50 #133
10-05-2015 20:50 #134
It really depends on what you think PPL is for.
Is it a workplace entitlement just like annual leave, sick leave, superannuation etc etc.
Is it to encourage women to stay in the workforce after having a baby?
Is it to provide financial support for raising a child (regardless of the parents employment status)?
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10-05-2015 20:53 #135
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10-05-2015 20:56 #137
ETA just because you are a double income family, doesnt mean you are rolling in the big bucks..im not sure if i misread the point of your post.
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10-05-2015 20:59 #138
10-05-2015 21:01 #139
Hang on though. If you are in a couple with a new partner and you are not working, said new partner is already factually supporting your kids isn't he?
Unless you are getting a large payment from FOB which in turn is helping pay for childcare.
10-05-2015 21:03 #140
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