4.1 million employees in Australia have unpaid caring responsibilities and 89% of parents with children work. Supporting carers and parental leavers is crucial to realising the full potential of the workforce and of the Australian labour market. Workplaces that support carers and parental leavers can reduce business costs related to recruitment, retraining and restructures, widen the talent pool, increase organisational productivity and performance and improve organisational reputation.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has identified four steps to successfully supporting carers and parental leavers in the workplace:
- Establish strong foundations
- Support pregnant employees and employees planning to take parental leave
- Value employees on parental leave
- Enable a successful return to work and support for working parents
The following link provides important tools for employers to understand their legal obligations and best practice.
1 Establish strong foundations
2 Support pregnant employees and employees planning to take parental leave
3 Value employees on parental leave
Enable a successful return to work and support for working.