Paid Parental Leave: Welfare or Workplace Right?

(2011) 18 Australian Journal of Administrative Law 193

University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 11-27

5 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2012

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Graeme D. Orr

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law

Date Written: October 30, 2011

Abstract

The paper examines Australia's new minimum guarantee of paid parental leave. It does so both in the historical context of the evolution of parental payments including those bargained as employment rights, and by reflecting on the curious structure of the guarantee: a payment ordinarily made through the employer and contingent on a minimum (if modest) level of attachment to the workforce, yet funded by government and otherwise structured like a base-level social security entitlement.

Keywords: employment law, social security, paid parental leave, maternity leave

Suggested Citation

Orr, Graeme, Paid Parental Leave: Welfare or Workplace Right? (October 30, 2011). (2011) 18 Australian Journal of Administrative Law 193, University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 11-27, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2117674

Graeme Orr (Contact Author)

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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