Most Read Contributor in Australia, September 2016
A key announcement that businesses need to bear in mind is the
federal government's proposed changes to the eligibility rules
for its Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme "to remove the
ability for individuals to double dip, by taking payments from both
their employer and the Government."
If this change is implemented, employees applying for PPL on and
after 1 July 2016 will find their PPL benefit affected by any
parental leave payments made by their employer.
The Government states that its intention is for primary carers
to have access to PPL at least equal to the maximum PPL benefit
(currently 18 weeks at the national minimum weekly wage - $640.90
But it's not yet clear how this change will be implemented.
Read our full article about this
Also, in another important Workplace-related announcement, the
government has indicated that, over the next three years,
Comcare's average premium rate will drop by almost 12 per cent.
This may encourage businesses that qualify for the Comcare
self-insurance scheme to consider moving across to Comcare. For
further information about qualification for that scheme, please see
an article by senior associate Matthew Orr on this topic
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