3 July What information must be given to a parental leave replacement employee? July 3, 2018 By Reef Admin Fair Work Act, Leave provisions 0 REEF Workplace Relations Advisor James Burton answers this important employment question. The Fair Work Act 2009 requires that before an employer engages an employee to perform the work of another employee who is taking unpaid parental leave, the employer must notify the replacement employee that: The engagement to perform work is temporary only The rights of the employer and the employee taking parental leave with respect to a right to cancel the leave if the pregnancy ends, other than by giving birth to a living child The return to work guarantee of the parental leave employee The right of the employer to require the employee taking parental leave to return to work if the employee ceases to have responsibility for the care of the child. It’s important that the replacement employee is advised of these rights. REEF has a template letter you can provide to the replacement employee, so you are sure you’re meeting your statutory obligations. Simply login to the REEF People Management System and click on ‘Employment agreements and commission structures’ in the ‘Library’ tab. Download the file called ‘Letter of offer – Maternity leave replacement position’. Related Parental leave: What to consider when replacing someone It’s an issue all too well known to real estate employers. You have a pregnant employee who is about to head off on unpaid parental leave. Your anxiety levels start to rise. How are you going to maintain your agency’s level of service while they’re gone? Employee deductions: What's allowed, what's not To deduct or not to deduct? When it comes to deductions from an employee's pay, what's allowed and what's not? What amounts can an employer take out before it hits an employee's hand? Changes to annual leave provisions now in play In an important decision by the Fair Work Commission, annual leave provisions in modern awards have been varied to provide greater administrative flexibility. The changes apply from the first pay period on or after 29 July 2016. Real Estate Industry Award: Out with the old, in with the new After a long battle, the Fair Work Commission has now finalised the four-year award review and the new Real Estate Industry Award will commence on 2 April 2018. Here's what you need to know before the changes kick in. Buying an agency? You need to understand employee entitlements The sale of a real estate agency is something most business owners will face at some point. Here are some things to be aware of when it comes to employee entitlements. Doctor, give me the news: Employee entitlement to personal/carer's leave It’s not uncommon for an employee to ask for a few hours off to visit their GP or attend a specialist medical appointment. They’re not sick, but there’s something they need attended to. Are they entitled to personal/carer’s leave? Comments are closed.