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NEWS TODAY: What’s the link between ‘shared parental leave’ and ‘gender equality’? The UK Government thinks it’s big and today our Government announced a step in the right direction for Australian families

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  This month, Elysia McCaffrey, the Deputy Head of the UK Government Equalities Office is in Australia touring with Libby Lyon’s Director of Australia’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency. Together they are reflecting on the progress made in Australia over the past five years when it comes to the gender pay gap, and how this compares to what…

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Gender Equality in the Workplace: The Role of Paid Parental Leave

A recent article by senior Sydney Morning Herald writer and new mum, Jessica Irvine, sparked our interest. In her piece, Jessica proposed that we cannot have true gender equality until we have true shared responsibility for raising children. She challenged the labels of ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ carer enshrined in the current Paid Parental Leave (PPL) legislation as…

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Supporting Working Parents – it’s time to act. Australia Human Rights Commission website to help employers and parents

Spurred by shocking statistics last year that exposed 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men experience discrimination during pregnancy, parental leave and the return to work period [1] the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has responded by launching a website for employers and employees to understand their legal obligations and entitlements better. The new Government…

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Workplace Gender Equality minimum reporting standards start now

As of the 1st of October the new Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) reporting standards apply for all organisations with 500 or more employees. What does this mean for relevant employers? They must have a policy or strategy in place that specifically supports gender equality in relation to one, or more, of the following: GEI…

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