Telstra have firmly placed themselves at the forefront of parental leave equality with the organisation’s new gender-equal policy that was announced in July. The new policy from the telecommunications industry leader has removed the distinction between primary and secondary carers and now offers all eligible parents who has been with Telstra a year or more…

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Women’s Agenda recently released a new article on the Advancing Parental Leave Equality Network (APLEN) highlighting the importance of parental leave equality advocacy, and the impact that the organisations involved are having as leading examples of family-friendly workplaces. APLEN is a network of organisations established as part of a commitment to lead UN global gender equality…

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Many small-to-medium businesses believe that a best practice parental leave scheme is beyond their reach. It’s not financially viable, they can’t afford the employee absence, flexibility may hurt the bottom line – these are a few of the misconceptions holding businesses back from gender-equal, family-friendly policies. But best practice paid parental leave is possible, no…

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It’s International Flexible Working Day on May 22, and Parents At Work CEO Emma Walsh interviewed the day’s founder, Vanessa Vanderhoek, on how the day was created and why her advocacy behind flexible working is so important. Vanessa started Flexible Working Day three years ago, as a day ‘to showcase and celebrate the benefits of…

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Research conducted by an advocacy group for working parents found 53 per cent of fathers felt their workplace was not supportive of them taking parental leave. Why is this? A new ABC article takes a look at the reasons behind men’s low uptake of parental leave – including the few leave options available to men in…

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