Warm Welcome to Optus as our Latest Family-Friendly Employer

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Parents At Work are thrilled to welcome our newest Employer Member Optus to our growing number of family-friendly organisations. Optus are committed to providing a family-friendly workplace environment for all of their employees, and Parents At Work are excited to support them in this journey. “Optus knows that every family is different and can be […]

Could the concept of ‘going to work’ as we know it be changed forever?

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Many firms are planning how they’re going to get staff who have been working from home, back to the office. Not all will want to return. Could the concept of ‘going to work’ as we know it be changed forever? The last two months of isolation for many workers has meant imposed working from home […]

Saving Childcare: Employers Must Be Part of the Solution

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“As a nation we must do everything to avert a disastrous child care industry collapse.  That can’t happen unless we radically rethink some of the highly complex structures of child care subsidies and legislation at a state and federal level” Emma Walsh, CEO Parents At Work. Impending disaster facing child care industry Imagine having access […]

UNICEF Release Employer Guide to Support Families During COVID-19

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With the COVID-19 pandemic having an enormous impact around the globe, many businesses are struggling to stay afloat and many employees are being left with reduced hours or unemployment. Now more than ever, it’s important that employers are supporting their workforce as best they can. UNICEF’s new guide for employers – ‘Family Friendly Policies and […]

7 Ways to Support Employees with a ‘Work from Home Plan’ in a Coronavirus World

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With the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus crisis as a ‘global pandemic’, it goes without saying the coming months will be challenging for both employers and employees alike as we all grapple with emergency response plans to change the way we work and set up triage work from home plans. That’s not to say […]

Employer Roundtable Webinar Event – An Invitation

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The future of work and family – creating family friendly workplaces On behalf of APLEN (Advancing Parental Leave Equality Network), Parents At Work and KPMG, we invite you to join us for this webinar as we share highlights of the National Working Families Report and discuss implications for the future of work and family, especially […]

Impressive 300% Increase in Men Taking Parental Leave with QBE’s New Gender-Equal Policy

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In March 2019, QBE launched their paid parental leave initiative ‘Share the Care’. This new policy eliminated the gendered terms of “primary” and “secondary” carer, and instead offered its existing 12-weeks paid parental leave to every new parent – acknowledging the important roles all parents play within a working family. In the new policy employees […]

More acceptable for women than men to use family friendly work options?

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International Women’s Day 2020: It’s time for Parental Leave Equality This International Women’s Day, as we celebrate ‘Each For Equal’, Parents At Work is calling for vital reform of Australia’s gendered approach to paid parental leave to ensure all parents have an equal opportunity to share the care. Australia does not currently have a shared-care […]