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Following the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s lead we advise all organisations that are required to report on Gender Equality Indicators should start collecting data now for the 2015/16 reporting period.

The 2015-16 reporting period under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act) commenced on 1 April 2015 and reports for this period are due between 1 April 2016 and 31 May 2016.

Changes related to parents and carers

There have been a number of changes made for the next reporting period 2015-16 to both the workplace profile and the reporting questionnaire. Those relevant to parents and carer’s include:

  • A change to the Gender Equality Indicator 4: employers must now report “availability and utility of employment terms, conditions and practices relating to flexible working arrangements for employees and to working arrangements supporting employees with family or caring responsibilities.
  • A change to the reporting questionnaire: employers must now report “number of employees who during the reporting period, ceased employment during, or at the end of, a period of parental leave (including where the parental leave is taken continuously with any other leave type for example a person may utilise paid parental leave, annual leave and unpaid leave during a single block of ‘parental leave’).”
  • Employers will no longer be required to report on the number of requests and approvals for extensions to parental leave.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the WGEA for their outstanding efforts in starting the process of creating a solid foundation for employers to be genuinely family friendly. As we’ve stated many times before on this blog – the benefits to business, community and society at large are huge and it’s often only with initiatives like this that outdated structural and cultural shifts will change.Our Parents@Work client’s deserve a special mention too as by using  coaching and training services like ours they are going that extra mile in leading by example – which is inspiring to working parents (and other organisations) everywhere.

For the full list of changes, including the changes employers need to make to workplace profiles and reporting matters that will NOT be included in the 2015-16 reporting period, tap here.Source: Workplace Gender Equality Agency