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Fair Work Amendment (Paid Parental Leave) Bill 2009

 

 

2008-2009

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Work Amendment (Paid Parental Leave) Bill 2009

 

No.      , 2009

 

(Senator Hanson-Young)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 to guarantee 26 weeks government-funded paid parental leave, and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Object.................................................................................................. 1

4............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Amendments providing for paid parental leave                     3

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                      3

Schedule 2—Consequential amendments                                                                 7

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                      7

 



A Bill for an Act to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 to guarantee 26 weeks government-funded paid parental leave, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Fair Work Amendment (Paid Parental Leave) Act 2009 .

2   Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day after it receives the Royal Assent.

3  Object

                   The object of this Act is to give effect, or further effect, to:

                     (a)  Article 11.2(b), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1979; and

                     (b)  the Maternity Protection Convention, which the General Conference of the International Labour Organisation adopted on 30 May 2000 and which is also known as Recommendation No. 183; and

                     (c)  the World Health Organization global strategy to ensure sufficient maternity leave is provided to mothers, promoting and supporting exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months;

to guarantee 26 weeks government-funded paid parental leave to all parents in the workforce whether employed on a full-time, part-time, casual, contractual or self-employed basis.

4   Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.