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Good news for families

PASSED this week, the Dad and Partner Pay Leave scheme, means eligible dads can access two weeks’ government-funded Dad and Partner Pay at the rate of the national minimum wage.

ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said all parents had a right to spend time together with their new baby and there was no reason why work should prevent them from doing so.

“Many dads and partners do get to share in the joyous time when their new baby arrives already, but there are also many who either do not feel comfortable asking for time off when their partner gives birth, or simply have their request rejected,” Mr Oliver said.

“This is wrong and unions are pleased that these new laws means all employers will now have to move into the modern era and will help ensure workplaces reflect the reality of modern working families”

Paid parental leave for both parents has been an ongoing union campaign for more than 30 years. and this new leave entitlement will be especially welcome news to these men and partners.

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