My social media accounts are filled with newborn baby photos, baby announcements and those photos with the cards that show how many weeks old they are. So yes, lots of baby spam which got me thinking, what do companies usually offer in terms of paid parental leave?
In Australia, the primary carer of a newborn or recently adopted child is entitled to 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay from the government. The secondary caretaker is also entitled to 2 weeks of government funded pay through the Dad and Partner Pay arrangement. It is then up to individual companies to decide if they are able to offer any extra paid leave.
We decided at nVision Talent that we wanted to up our game and offer employees paid parental leave. I did some research and asked a bunch of girlfriends if their current employers offer paid leave, or just keep their position open for the 12 month minimum requirement. Most of their workplaces are much larger than nVision so we could by no means compare ourselves but it was a great starting point!
I’m sure there are many companies out there who would love to provide their employees with children an amazing parental leave pay but it’s just not always affordable. Maybe our new policy will help you come up with some ideas?
This is what we came up with:
Mothers/primary caretakers are entitled to 4 weeks of paid leave after 18 months of employment at nVision Talent. They will receive 1 extra paid week after each further 12 months of employment. This is capped at 6 weeks’ paid leave. For example, if they have been employed at nVision for 3.5 years, then they are entitled to 6 weeks’ paid parental leave.
Fathers/Partners are entitled to 2 weeks of paid leave after 18 months of employment at nVision Talent. They will receive 1 extra paid week after each further 12 months of employment. This is capped at 4 weeks’ paid leave. For example, if they have been employed at nVision Talent for 2.5 years, then they will receive 4 weeks of paid leave.
Everyone has the option to receive half the payment over double the time.
We’ve added a great benefit to working at nVision and hopefully this provides small/start-up companies with some ideas for their own parental leave policy.
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