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Paid parental leave

Paid parental leave

Definition

A payment scheme offered by the Australian Government for when an employee goes on leave to have a baby or adopt. Employees can get paid directly from the Australian Government or their employer. Other known term: employer funded paid parental leave.
Parental leave

Parental leave

Definition

Employees can take 12 months unpaid leave when a child is born or adopted. Other known terms: maternity or paternity leave, adoption leave and dad and partner leave.
Part-time employee

Part-time employee

Definition

An employee who works regular hours that are less than a full-time employee. They receive leave entitlements on a pro-rata basis.
Pattern bargaining

Pattern bargaining

Definition

When a bargaining representative is representing more than 1 proposed enterprise agreement and tries to find common terms to include in all agreements.
PayCheck Plus

PayCheck Plus

Definition

A historical pay tool offered by us to help calculate award pay rates that applied before 1 July 2014.
Payslip

Payslip

Definition

A record of pay that employers must provide to employees without one working day of paying them.
Penalty rate

Penalty rate

Definition

A higher pay rate that can apply when an employee works evenings, weekends or public holidays. These rates are provided in awards and registered agreements.
Permitted deduction

Permitted deduction

Definition

A deduction from an employee’s pay which is allowed under the Fair Work Act 2009.
Permitted matters

Permitted matters

Definition

Matters that can be included in an enterprise agreement. Permitted matters could include terms about the relationship between an employer and the employees, deductions from wages or agreements about how the agreement will operate.
Personal leave

Personal leave

Definition

Paid leave taken when an employee can’t go to work because they are ill or injured. Other known term: sick leave.
Pieceworker

Pieceworker

Definition

An employee who is paid based on the number of things they make or number of tasks they complete instead of time spent performing the job.
Pre-modern award

Pre-modern award

Definition

A term used by the Fair Work Ombudsman to refer to awards that existed before 1 January 2010. It includes award-based transitional instruments and transitional minimum wage instruments.
Pre-reform award

Pre-reform award

Definition

An award made before 27 March 2006. After 1 July 2009, pre reform awards became an award based transitional instrument.
Pro rata

Pro rata

Definition

A proportionate amount of money or period of time. Part-time employees generally get pro-rata entitlements, based on the number of hours worked.
Probation period

Probation period

Definition

A length of time used to assess if the employee is suitable for the job. Probation periods are often 3-6 months long. Other known term: probationary period.
Public holiday

Public holiday

Definition

Days specified in the Fair Work Act 2009, as well as any other day or part-day prescribed by the State or Territory law.