Dads will no longer have to justify asking for time off work when their new baby comes, thanks to new laws that give them the right to access paid parental leave.
APESMA CEO Chris Walton said the new laws would help some families deal with issues of work life balance.
“The first few days of your child's life are some of the most special days in your life,” Mr Walton said.
“These new laws give dads and partners a better chance to spend quality time with their family after the birth of their child.”
Thanks to the Dad and Partner Pay leave scheme, which passed through Parliament this week, eligible dads will have access to two weeks’ government-funded Dad and Partner Pay at the rate of the national minimum wage.
The ACTU has announced they are already talking to employers about ‘topping up’ the minimum wage amount to reach their workers’ ordinary wages as part of workplace agreement negotiations.
The new laws would allow fathers and partners could freely seek access to leave.
“Right now many dads and partners get to spend time with new baby when it arrives, but some either do not feel comfortable asking for time off when their partner gives birth, or simply have their requests rejected,” Mr Walton said.
“These new laws will help to create a culture of giving parents more time off with their newborns and create more harmonious workplaces.”
Find out more about your leave entitlements at work, visit APESMA Workplace Advice and Support