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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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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The ABC takes a look at paid parental leave and proposed changes in the upcoming election in their recent audio news report, ‘Paid Parental Leave: How the two major parties compare‘. Currently, parents get access to the government Paid Parental Leave Scheme set up in 2011, which gives the primary carer 18 weeks’ leave if…

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It’s time to think radically about parental leave equality “There’s every reason to want men’s parental leave to be a mirror of women’s parental leave. And there’s every reason to believe it will never happen” according to Girard Dorney, HRM Online article last month Parental Leave for Men is a Great Thing We May Never…

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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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