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PARENTAL LEAVE GUIDE Everything You Need to Know Last updated 21 st January 2011

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Everything You Need to Know

Last updated 21st January 2011

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3

What does WWL Offer? 4Eligibility & Entitlement

Concurrent Leave

What do I need to Provide? 5Birth Related Leave

Adoption-Related Leave

Extending Parental Leave 6

Returning to Work

Accrual of Service

What does the Government Offer? 7How do I Apply? 8

Helpful Information 9For the Pregnant Mother

For the Father 10Healthy Eating for Pregnant Women 11Exercise During Pregnancy 12

What does my Baby look like? 13

Summary 14


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Congratulations on your new addition! Taking time away from work for a new child is a common part of working life, and WWL supports this

important transition and your subsequent return to work after parental leave.

We believe it is important you have as much information as possible, as you prepare to bring a new child into your world. This guide is intended to

provide you with information on your entitlements as a new parent.

We hope you find this guide useful and we wish you all the very best throughout the pregnancy or adoption.


Human Resources, Oceania

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What does WWL Offer?

Eligible WWL employees are entitled to parental leave, which includes birth-related and adoption-related leave, in accordance with the applicable legislation.

Eligibility & EntitlementPermanent employees and long-term casuals* who have completed at leasttwelve months continuous service, are eligible for a period of up to 12 monthsparental leave if you have, or will have, a responsibility for the care of the child.

As an eligible female employee, you are entitled to take the first twelve weeks ofyour parental leave as paid leave, calculated on your gross base salary. Theremaining forty weeks leave is considered unpaid leave.

NB: Any period of annual or other leave taken at the start, during or end ofparental leave is in conjunction with the period of parental leave and does notbreak the continuity of this period (i.e. the 12 month period of parental leave isreduced by any amount of other leave taken).

* A long-term casual is defined as an employee who would have a reasonable expectation ofcontinuing employment by the employer on a regular and systematic basis.

Concurrent LeaveApart from concurrent leave of up to three weeks atthe time of confinement or adoption, you and yourpartner cannot take parental leave at the same time.

Eligible fathers are entitled to take the first twoweeks of concurrent leave as paid leave, calculatedon gross base salary. The remaining week is optionaland considered unpaid leave.

Paid/unpaid parental leave will be reduced by anyfurther period of parental leave or any authorisedleave of the same type as parental leave, taken byyour partner in relation to the same child.


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What do I need to Provide?

Ten (10) weeks before the intended start date of leave you are required toprovide to your Manager and Human Resources:

Birth-related LeaveMedical certificate confirming your pregnancy and expected due date Notice of intended start and end dates of your parental leave Statutory Declaration that you will have primary responsibility for thecare of the child and that apart from any statutory rights to concurrentleave, you and your partner will not be taking parental leave at the sametime


Adoption-Related Leave A statement from an adoption agency or other appropriate body of thepresumed date of placement of the child Evidence that the child is, or will be, under 16 as at the day ofplacement, or the expected day of placement, of the child Notice of intended start and end dates of parental leave Statutory Declaration that the employee will have primary responsibilityfor the care of the child and that apart from any statutory rights toconcurrent leave, the employee and their partner will not be takingparental leave at the same time

Intended dates of parental leave mustbe confirmed 4 weeks before the startof your leave.

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Extending Parental Leave

Returning to WorkYou will need to confirm to WWL in writing at least 4 weeks before they intendto return to work.

Accrual of ServiceUnpaid Parental Leave is not considered service (time worked) for the accrual oflong service, annual or personal/carer’s leave. Employee’s entitlements will beheld in suspense at the commencement of leave until their return to work. Atthat time service will re-commence and prior balances re-activated.

At least 4 weeks before the end of the initial 12 month parental leave period youcan provide WWL with written notice that you wish to extend your period ofparental leave.

You must specify a new end date for the leave which can be up to a further 12months immediately following the end of the initial 12 month period, providingyou will remain the person with primary responsibility of the child.

Please note: employees are not entitled to extend the period of paid/unpaidparental leave beyond 24 months after the date of birth or day of placement ofthe child.

The Company will consider an employee’s extension request and provide awritten response within 21 days stating whether the request is granted, orreasons for why it is refused on reasonable business grounds.


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In addition to the WWL-funded 12 weekspaid parental leave, you may be entitled toup to 18 weeks government-funded paidparental leave at the national minimumwage rate. Please note these payments are taxable.

EligibilityYou must fulfill certain eligibility criteria toqualify for the government parental leavepayments.

Please note: You are not entitled to receive both government-funded PaidParental Leave and the Baby Bonus for the same child.

What does the Government Offer?

Further information on the Baby Bonus and the Paid Parental LeaveScheme can be found by visiting the Family Assistance website.

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How Do I Apply?


Application Process1. Determine whether you are eligible for Paid Parental Leave

(PPL). Visit the eligibility page on the Family AssistanceOffice (FAO) website.

2. You may wish to look at the FAO Paid Parental LeaveComparison Estimator.

3. Click here to submit your claim for Parental Leave Pay via theFAO. Please note the documentation you may need beforelodging your claim.

4. The FAO will then notify you whether your claim has beenaccepted.

5. If accepted, the FAO will contact WWL and payments will bemade in your regular pay-run, based on the date you specifyyou would like them to start. These payments will be subjectto tax.

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Helpful Information


For the Pregnant Mother:

As your body goes through major hormonalchanges, you may find you tire easily andbecome more emotional. For some, you maybe feeling nauseous and experience morningsickness (though as you will discover, it cancome at any time of the day...not just themorning!). Increasing your intake of folic acid(folate) is recommended by healthprofessionals for the first trimester. You canincrease this naturally through foods digestedor as a dietary supplement.

If you haven’t already, you should now start to consider yourchoice of care for the birth of your baby. Research localmaternity hospitals and decide whether you want to give birth ina hospital maternity unit, a midwife-managed birthing centre orexperience a home birth and whether you want an obstetricianor a midwife. You will need to book in and make your initialappointment with your chosen healthcare provider. You may alsohave to review your health insurance to see what you’re coveredfor under your health policy.

If you’re still in the first trimester you willneed to book in for your 11-13 weekultrasound.

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Helpful Information


For the Father:

Memo to all future Dads: One of thethings you learn quickly as an expectantdad is that everything changes with yourpartner - her moods, her sleep patterns,her body shape and size, and hercravings. She may be feeling nauseousand this is called morning sickness(though as you will discover, it can comeat any time of the day... not just themorning!).

She needs a little help from you and to know you’re excited too.Whether it is emotional, or physical, she needs your support. Hereare some simple tips that may help avoid potential frustration,leaving you and your partner to concentrate on the excitement ofbecoming parents.

1. Compliment her. Women can be very self-conscious about thechanges their bodies are going through

2. Lift heavy items for her. Be the strong high-low man.3. Be aware of what she can/can’t eat4. Offer to cook/clean every now and then5. Understand she may be more tired than usual

6. Attend birthing classes with her. She needs toknow that you are not only going to be thereevery step of the way when she goes into labour,but that you will know exactly what to do whenthe time comes.

Click here for more week by week advice for expecting Dads.

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Healthy Eating for Pregnant Women

Even if you’ve never given much thought to your diet before, becoming pregnant is likely tobring about some changes. Essentially, whatever you eat and drink will eventually find itsway to your baby. How your baby grows, develops, interacts and moves inside you will all bepartly due to the food which you have eaten. Which means that thinking about yourpregnancy diet and investing some energy into making wise and sensible decisions aboutwhat you eat is going to be worthwhile. Not just for now, but into the future as well.

Foods During Pregnancy:It is important to increase your intake of the following:

Iron - Iron rich foods are red meat, eggs, chicken and good quality cerealsProtein – Includes meat, fish, eggs, pulses and legumes, nuts, milk and dairy foods, brownrice and beans. You will need 3-4 servings of protein a dayCalcium - Calcium is essential for your baby’s bones to form. Found in milk, all dairy foods,soy products, almonds, green leafy vegetables and fish with edible bonesVitamins & Minerals - Vitamins A, B1, B2 B6, B12 and Vitamin C are all needed in extraquantities. Sources are orange or yellow fruits and vegetables, cereals, legumes and pulses,beans and peas. Minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium are all contained in fruits andvegetables. Green leafy vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, beans, peas, squash, saladleaves, capsicum and zucchini are all good sourcesFibre - Found in fruits and vegetables, wholegrain breads and cereals, legumes and pulsesCarbohydrates - From wholemeal bread, cereals, rice and grain, potatoes, beans, oats andcornIodine - Iodine is an important mineral for the development of your baby’s brain andnervous system. If you are eating fish a couple of times a week, you are unlikely to need asupplement.Fluids - Water is the perfect drink during pregnancy. It contains no calories, quenches thethirst, is readily available. The problem for many women is, they don’t like it because itdoesn’t taste like anything. Flavouring it with some lemon/lime juice and adding crushed iceis an option.

What to Avoid:

Foods which could potentially harbour the bacterium Listeria. These are unpasteurisedmilk and milk products, soft cheeses, uncooked “deli” style meats and sushi. Eating at salador buffet style bars can be risky. Aim to eat foods which you are confident have been storedand refrigerated carefully, or very hot foods which have not been sitting for too long

Raw fish and fish high in mercury. Shark, swordfish, orange roughy and barramundi arebest avoided. Babies whose mothers ingest too much mercury during pregnancy can haveneurological problems

Alcohol should be kept to a minimum during pregnancy because it crosses the placentalbarrier and could potentially affect your developing baby’s brain and nervous system

Try to cut back on your caffeine intake in tea/coffee/cola drinks and chocolate11

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Exercise During Pregnancy


During pregnancy active women often wishto continue with their exercise program. Forothers, pregnancy signals a time to improvetheir lifestyle. For these women, beginningexercise during pregnancy is desirable.Moderate physical activity has major healthbenefits and regular exercise is preferableto intermittent activity. Active Australiarecommends that every Australian shouldaccumulate 30 minutes or more ofmoderate intensity physical activity on mostdays of the week (usually interpreted as fivesessions per week).

The best type of exercise to perform duringpregnancy is low-impact, low or nonweight-bearing exercises, including:

• Pre-natal aerobics, yoga or Pilates classes

• Swimming• Walking, steady dancing or steady

hiking• Stationary cycling, stepping

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What Does My Baby Look Like?

By 10 weeks, the foetusis already a recognisable human being. The shoulders and elbows develop and the arms project forward…

At 14 weeks, the foetal eyelids are fused, but the eye are sensitive to light.

From 19 weeks, your baby hears sounds very clearly – your heart beating & the rumbling of your stomach. A fine covering of downy hair forms on the eyebrows & upper lip.

By 27 weeks, the eyelashes and eyebrows are fuller and the baby can blink.

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Brought to you by Human Resources, Oceania:

Ph. (02) 9200 2000 | Fax. (02) 9966 0500Level 1, 33 Herbert Street, St Leonards NSW 2065

• 12 weeks Paid leave from WWL

• 18 weeks (at min. wage payment) from the Government (or Baby Bonus)

• 12 months Parental Leave

• Opportunity to extend leave a further 12mths