On Jobkeeper but had to take time off for childbirth

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An employee is still working and on Jobkeeper but her baby came early and is now off, does she still get Jobkeeper?
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Kris Williams

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Kevin Russell, Accredited Partner

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I wouldn't be asking a Facebook group about this. I'd be asking fair work. It's their job.
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Kris Williams

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That’s my intention and will be following it up today, just thought there may have been someone who had experienced something similar. Thanks anyway
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Michael Corrigan

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The following is from the ATO website.  The employee is not an eligible employee if 

 They were not in receipt of any of these payments during the JobKeeper fortnight:
  • government parental leave or Dad and partner pay under the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
  • a payment in accordance with Australian worker compensation law for an individual's total incapacity for work.
 https://www.ato.gov.au/general/jobkeeper-payment/employees/eligible-employees/

You would need to ask your employee is she is claiming it (can be paid via employer).  However, the employee does not need to claim it straight away and can delay the payment from the government.  The employee can claim up to 34 weeks after the birth.  To be honest from a Job Keeper perspective it would be better for her to wait to claim until October (when jobKeeper is ending)

 https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/parental-leave-pay/how-claim/claiming-timeframes



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Thank you for that I’ll follow it up
If the employee is going on paid government maternity leave, the answer is no, they can't get the maternity leave and jobkeeper, they can't get 2 government payments.

However, they can get government maternity leave and paid maternity form the employer leave at the same.

If the employee is getting paid maternity leave only from employer then it is highly likely the employer will be paid jobkeeper and the employee get any topup.

The difference between Gov. Maternity Leave gross & jobkepper is $18. a week.
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Thank you