Update to Paid Parental Leave Scheme – “Keeping in Touch” days

Posted on 15 October 2012

As previously reported, January 1st, 2013 will see an extension to the Paid Parental Leave Scheme come into place which will now include Dads.

Additional to the 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay and the two weeks for fathers and same-sex partners, The Paid Parental Leave and Other Legislation Amendment (Dad and Partner Pay and Other Measures) Bill 2012 (Bill), there will also now be available an initiative called “keeping in touch day”. The features of the “Keeping in Touch” initiative include:

  • Up to 10 days of paid work prior to returning to work
  • Enables employees to “keep in touch” with the workplace and assist their transition back to work by:
  • refreshing skills
  • becoming familiar with new and updated processes and
  • being involved in discussions or meetings that may affect their role on return to work
  • Both employer and employee must consent to the work
  • The work must not be undertaken within 14 days of the birth or placement of a child
  • The work must not extend the period of the employee’s unpaid leave
  • Employees participating in paid work other than for Keeping in Touch prior to the end of his or her Paid Parental Leave period will have the Parental Leave Pay stopped
  • Keeping in Touch days will count as service and will affect employee’s entitlements such as leave accrual

For further information about Keeping In Touch days, contact the employment team at Dooley and Associates who can assist you with the full details of the new Paid Parental Leave Scheme as it is rolled out in 2013.