Cummins takes the lead on paid parental leave

Posted: October 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

Cummins has introduced a new parental leave policy that is acknowledged as one of the best in Australia with six months pay for the primary carer of the baby.

“Cummins has worked hard to stand out as a leader in diversity initiatives in the South Pacific region,” says Dennis Quinn, Managing Director of Cummins South Pacific.

“The new policy shows our on-going commitment to supporting Cummins’ working parents and also to attracting and retaining skilled female employees.”

The policy was developed by Cummins HR in consultation with the Women’s Affinity Group (WAG) at Cummins South Pacific.

In the South Pacific region Cummins employs over 1600 people and has 40 branches for sales and service.

Under the new parental leave policy Cummins has increased paid leave from 15 weeks to six months for the primary carer of the baby.

The Federal Government pays 18 weeks at the minimum wage while Cummins will top this up with the difference between the minimum wage and the person’s normal wage.

Additionally, Cummins will pay eight weeks at full pay meaning the employee will receive in total six months full pay (including the government allowance).

As an incentive to return-to-work the primary carer will also receive a bonus of 5% of their base salary if they return to work within nine months.

The Women’s Affinity Group – previously the Women’s Leadership Network Group – was established within Cummins South Pacific six years ago and has helped develop number of initiatives to attract and retain valued employees.

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