Webinar Session start – 12.00 pm
Session finish – 1.00 pm
Pioneering Parental Leave Equality – Empowering fathers through HR policy and workplace culture
Modern Australian parents need support to manage their dual roles as both workers and carers, but the current parental leave system is not keeping up. In particular, the use of parental leave by fathers in Australia is very low by global standards. The social and economic challenges stopping fathers from taking parental leave are significant, with adverse consequences for families aiming to better balance work and care. Various studies have shown that despite the low uptake of parental leave amongst fathers, men do want to be involved in the lives of their children.
If Australia is to eliminate gender inequality and offer both mothers and fathers an equal opportunity to thrive both at work and within the home, significant changes need to be made to foster inclusive and flexible parental leave policies and workplace environments.
This presentation will look at the challenges parents are facing in balancing work and care – particularly in relation to parental leave. We will explore the latest research, and the unconscious bias, cultural and policy barriers entrenching outdated gender ideals into our workplaces and homes.
In a context where most Australian businesses are yet to implement best practice parental leave and family supports, we will highlight progressive employers and organisations who are changing the scene and turning these challenges into opportunities. This presentation will cover what companies need to do meet the expectations of the next generation of workers - parents who need and expect support from employers to excel at work alongside family life.
Speaker: Emma Walsh, Founder and CEO, Parents At Work
Emma Walsh is a social entrepreneur who founded Parents At Work in 2007 to support both parents and organisations to better manage the challenges that employees face when juggling work and family life. Emma is an author, international speaker and passionate campaigner for improving parental leave and flexible work rights for working parents. She regularly leads industry discussions at roundtable events and consults with organisations on how to create family friendly workplaces. Emma has been shortlisted for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year and has been recognised and awarded for her business achievements including: Australian Human Rights Business Award in 2015, Top 200 Business of Tomorrow by Westpac in 2017 and Winner of the Visa Business Awards in 2013.
Speaker: Dr Liana Leach, Senior Research Fellow, Research School of Population Health, The Australian National University
Dr Liana Leach is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at The Australian National University. Her research primarily investigates the impact of work and parenting transitions on the mental health of Australian adults. Her research is interdisciplinary and spans the fields of psychiatric epidemiology, sociology and public health. She has published key papers (including in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Social Science and Medicine, The British Journal of Psychiatry and The American Journal of Epidemiology) in the areas of workplace mental health and parenting and mental health.
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