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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We know that Australia is lagging well behind other OECD countries when it comes to fathers’ uptake of parental leave. According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency scorecard in 2017, men represented 4.7% of all Australian employees who took primary carers leave. Parents at Work CEO Emma Walsh talked to ABC Radio’s Life Matters program…

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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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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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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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