In certain circumstances out of hours use of social media by an employee may justify termination of their employment.
The case of Rose v Telstra established the principle that an employee may be validly dismissed for out of hours conduct if the conduct if likely to cause serious damage to the relationship between the employer and the employee, damage to the employer’s interests, or is otherwise incompatible with the employee’s duties.
In May 2010 that Federal Government released its draft of the Paid Parental Leave Bill.
Under the draft Bill, from 1 January 2011, an eligible parent will be able to apply for up to 18 weeks paid parental leave at the national minimum wage, currently $543.78 per week.
Employers will be required to pay parental leave to employees who have been employed for at least 12 months prior to the expected date of birth or placement of adoption.