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Supporting employees through Perinatal Anxiety and Depression

Depression and anxiety during pregnancy and the first year of parenting (the perinatal period) affects around 20% of mothers and 10% of fathers. That is almost 100,000 parents in Australia each year. Many of these parents continue their everyday life, including their employment, with those around them unaware of their suffering. This year, the Perinatal…

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Proof SMEs can do Parental Leave: an interview with Nikki Beaumont

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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The Future Workplace Must Be More Family-Friendly – Here’s Why

How important is it for employers to consider and support an employee’s personal life – that is, their ‘life outside of work’? Consider this: what impact would it have on business outcomes and individual lives if workplaces were more family-friendly? The reality is that anything that impacts the wellbeing of your employees at work or…

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Launch of APLEN – The Advancing Parental Leave Equality Network

Last month Parents At Work launched APLEN – the Advancing Parental Leave Equality Network – in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), and a number of major corporates, researchers and industry experts. APLEN is the new parental leave equality network that will continue the conversation about creating more gender equal workplaces…

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Achieving Parental Leave Equality Roundtable – Melbourne

On February 27th 2019, together with Baker McKenzie and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), Parents At Work ran the second Achieving Parental Leave Equality Roundtable session in Melbourne. A diverse group of Australian Corporate Organisations, SMEs, Government organisations and leaders in the Parental Leave Equality space came together to unravel some of the major challenges companies…

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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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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


  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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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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