Research

Achieving Parental Leave Equality Sydney: Roundtable Discussion Report

  ‘Despite the rapid rate in which mothers have returned to the workforce over the past 10 – 20 years, there has been almost zero shift in the percentage of men taking up parental leave or opting to stay at home as the primary carer.’ – Excerpt from Roundtable Discussion Report The first national roundtable…

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The bad news that motivates us even more: parental leave progress stalled

WGEA have just released their latest Gender Equality Scorecard for 2017-2018, and it’s not great news – especially for parental leave equality. As we look back on five years of equality progress in Australia, there are some wins and there are definitely some losses. “There are a few problem areas. Access to parental leave has…

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Alternatives to Paid Parental Leave that make you an Employer of Choice to industry top talent

Parents At Work recently launched Advancing Parental Leave Equality and Introducing Shared Care in Australia: the business case for action – a whitepaper developed alongside WGEA’s recently launched Best Practice Employer Guide: Developing a Leading Practice Parental Leave Policy. Many small businesses believe that Paid Parental Leave and other family-friendly policies are too far out…

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Parental Leave around the globe – what we can learn from it?

Alongside the recent launch of the WGEA’s Best Practice Guide – Developing a Leading Practice Parental Leave Policy, Parents At Work introduced a new whitepaper titled Advancing Parental Leave Equality and Introducing Shared Care in Australia: the business case for action. This whitepaper provides important insights into the current Parental Leave situation into Australia and…

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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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Why the gap between policy & practice in flexible work is costing women their careers

The last five years have seen an increase in comprehensive policiesproviding access to flexible work, but these policies are not being effectively employed in practice, according to new research.  The University of Sydney Business School’s Women and Work Research Group has conducted a study involving in-depth interviews with employees and line managers about the implementation of the…

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