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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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"The only moment we ever really have is this one - celebrate it. Happiness isn't in the future or the past but in the awareness of the present." - Anna McPhee

Anna's words are how she lived her life. She has been an amazing inspiration, a wonderful support, a gracious mentor to me throughout my career. So many of us counted her as a girlfriend to look up to, and her legacy will live on in the many women she has inspired to live their very best life.

I will miss her.

Sending condolences to Reggie, Anna's beautiful mum Trish and adoring sisters, and all of her extended family.

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