New legislation has been proposed to provide more flexible parental leave, increased rostering protections and broader rights to request flexible working arrangements.
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten said the next set of changes to the Fair Work Act following last year’s independent review of the legislation would focus on flexibility for modern families.
Focus on family needs
“Helping families with work and family balance, changes to parental leave to provide more flexibility to new parents and a requirement for employers to consider the impact of major change on employees’ family and care responsibilities – these are the signature changes we will soon bring before the Parliament,” Mr Shorten said.
He said the suite of changes would implement the Government’s response to the key recommendations from the report of the House Committee on Education and Employment Inquiry into Workplace Bullying.
“These policy initiatives demonstrate the Government’s commitment to providing protections and flexibility to hardworking Australians,” he said.
“Our policies will provide families with real flexibility, whether it’s before or after the birth or adoption of a child, where they have caring responsibilities or are on the path to retirement.
“They will improve workforce participation by providing rights for workers to explore flexible work arrangements with their employers – rather than simply leaving their job.”
Mr Shorten said he would continue to ensure Australian employees had a strong safety net at work; through balanced workplace relations laws, protections through strong workplace health and safety rules and better superannuation.