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GitLab does not plan to offer Private Health Insurance at this time because Australians can access the public health system for free or at a lower cost through Medicare (funded by tax).
Please note, Medicare doesn't cover all costs and other health services. Depending on the treatment, tests required and medications, individuals may still have to pay out of pocket. Some individuals may also have to pay a Medicare levy and a Medicare levy surcharge. These individuals can avoid the surcharge by taking out private health insurance.
GitLab will make superannuation contributions directly to the team member's nominated super fund according to the Australian Government Super Guarantee rate which is currently set at 9.5% of the team member's total salary. Super is on top of the salary listed in the compensation calculator/contract.
Super payment due dates has been a common topic in #loc_australia. However, there is no reason to worry when payments do not happen monthly as they may be done quarterly.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) states the following:
You pay super for eligible employees calculated from the day they start with you. You must make the payments at least four times a year, by the quarterly due dates.
Payments due dates can be found on the ATO website.
Team members in Australia have the option to make concessional super contributions by sacrificing some of their pre-tax pay and arrange to have it paid into their superfund instead. The combined total of GitLab and salary sacrificed contributions must not be more than $25,000 per financial year.
Salary Sacrifice FAQ
GitLab does not plan to offer life insurance at this time as Australians can access government payments and services if they get ill, injured or have a disability. Most Australians who choose to have life insurance take out cover from their super fund.
Team members in Australia are eligible to take paid time off according to our PTO policy. Since GitLab has a legal duty to pay out any accumulated Annual Leave when a team member leaves the company, the payroll team will deduct vacation time off requests from the team member's Annual Leave balance. This balance won't have a cap to align with GitLab's unlimited PTO policy.
Out Sick option in PTO by Roots will prompt the payroll team to process any time off taken as Sick and Carer's Leave. If you wish to take Carer's Leave but don't want to change your Slack status to
Out Sick, send your Carer's Leave request to email@example.com and the Total Rewards team will manually add your leave to BambooHR and notify payroll.
Statutory General Entitlement:
Australian Government Paid Parental Leave Scheme:
Record-keeping for paid parental leave:
Pay slips for parental leave payments:
10 weeks before starting leave:
4 weeks before starting leave:
New Zealand team members are eligible for a one time reimbursement of up to $750 NZD for accounting or tax-related fees. The purpose of this reimbursement is to help our team members reconcile any accounting activities and tax returns from when they were independent contractors through GitLab BV or contracted through CXC. Since tax-related activities will be less complex after the transition to our team members' employment under the PTY LTD entity, this reimbursement benefit will only be valid until December 2021. To get reimbursed for this expense, please follow the Expense Reimbursement process.
Team members in New Zealand are eligible to take paid time off according to our PTO policy. Team members in New Zealand are entitled to 5 days' sick leave after six months’ current continuous employment with GitLab. For each 12-month period after meeting the above criteria, each team member gets at least five days’ sick leave. If in any year the team member doesn’t meet the criteria, then they don’t get any new sick leave entitlement, but can use their sick leave balance which may have carried over. An employee may re-qualify for sick leave as soon as they meet the criteria. The maximum amount of sick leave that can be accumulated under the Holidays Act 2003 is 20 days.
Sick Leave runs concurrently with GitLab PTO. Team members must designate any time off for illness as
Out Sick in PTO by Roots to ensure that sick leave entitlement is properly tracked.
In accordance with the Holidays Act, GitLab may require a medical certificate if you have been absent due to illness.
Unused sick leave will not be paid out to the team member upon termination of employment.
When the team member is taking leave for the first week of a non-work accident, they can use sick leave and/or annual leave if they have any. This leave runs concurrently with GitLab PTO. Team members must designate time off for injury as
Out Sick or
Vacation in PTO by Roots if they wish to use sick leave or annual leave for the first week of an injury. Team members must notify Total rewards (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible when they will need to go out on injured leave.
If the leave will last longer than five days and is covered by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) scheme, GitLab will top up the ACC payment from 80 to 100% for the first 25 days.
GitLab does not plan at this time to offer Private Health Insurance benefits because New Zealand residents can access free or subsidised medical care in New Zealand through the public healthcare system. Injuries and accidents are covered by the Accident Compensation Corporation cover.
GitLab's KiwiSaver contributions will be 3% on top of base salary. Team members will automatically be enrolled in the KiwiSaver scheme but may elect to opt out within the first 56 days of employment. GitLab will deduct a participating team member's contributions from their before-tax pay at the team member's chosen contribution rate (3%, 4%, 6%, 8% or 10%). If a team member does not choose a contribution rate, the default rate of 3% will be used to calculate deductions.
GitLab does not plan at this time to offer Life Insurance benefits because New Zealanders can access government payments and services to help if they get ill, injured or have a disability.