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At risk of losing your employer funded paid parental leave? A simple solution for employees AND employers

The Federal budget released last night introduces changes to Paid Parental Leave to prevent “double dipping” of employees with access to both employer and government funded PPL. But all is not lost, this is how employers AND employees can continue to access both:

  1. rose_as_sweetGet creative. As Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. So if it’s no longer financially beneficial to receive employer funded “Paid Parental Leave”, then what’s stop you restructuring the value of PPL as an alternate form of remuneration?? Come up with a plan for how the equivalent amount can be restructured, in some other form of remuneration. For example, there are no rules preventing a one off discretionary bonus payment…
  2. Be proactive. If you are expecting to access the employer funded PPL in the foreseeable future, you should start having conversations NOW about structuring alternatives into your remuneration. Don’t leave it til the last minute, as bureaucracy and payroll systems can take some time to massage.
  3. Rethink the proposition. If you’re an employer or manager who is currently offering PPL as a talent management incentive, good on you for realizing this is what a lot of women want. However, is it what all women want? Would it be more beneficial to rethink whether you could redistribute the funds into other initiatives. I don’t know, something like closing the gender pay gap in your organisation, would be a good starting point. Or increasing flexible work incentives, like offering 5-in-4 days or other on-ramping transitions.

The one thing I know for sure about working mums is that they are good at finding a solution to just about every problem, and this scenario will be no different.

Outside of the public sector where the mechanics are rigid and where full-pay PPL has been offered for decades now, I don’t expect there will be much impact felt in the immediate term.

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2 months ago

Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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4 months ago

Jen Dalitz

I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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