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Unpaid parental leave: do you receive JobKeeper?

Are employees eligible for JobKeeper if they are on unpaid parental leave?
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Unpaid parental leave: do you receive JobKeeper?

Unpaid parental leave: do you receive JobKeeper?

4 August 2020

Are employees eligible for JobKeeper if they are on unpaid parental leave?

This question was recently sent to our Workplace Advice Line.

Q Our company receives JobKeeper wage subsidy payments. One of our employees has been on unpaid parental leave since May. Is she still entitled to the fortnightly JobKeeper payment? If so, does annual leave accrue in this period?

A Yes, an employee on unpaid parental leave is eligible for JobKeeper payments and will continue to accrue leave. However, if the ATO hadn’t already approved the employee for JobKeeper, it’s too late to get backpaid. Those who were on unpaid parental leave before the pandemic hit (eg, from January this year) are also entitled to JobKeeper payments if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Employees aren't eligible for JobKeeper while in receipt of parental leave payments from the government (this includes Dad and Partner Pay). But the exclusion only applies during the period of payment. Also, keep in mind that from 1 July employees have more choice about how and when they take parental leave pay.

Finally, employees who are receiving paid parental leave payments from their employer (via a condition in a contract, policy or enterprise agreement) are also eligible for JobKeeper payment



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