Workers experience of pregnancy wantedAustralians have been urged to make online submissions to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review.
Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick said the Commission especially invited submissions from women and men who had experienced discrimination while on parental leave or upon their return to work following parental leave.
“We also want to hear from community organisations that work with women who have experienced discrimination,” Ms Broderick said.
She said the review was interested in consulting all relevant stakeholders and hearing about the types of challenges faced by people in the workplace while pregnant, on parental leave, or upon returning to work, and by employers in managing pregnancy, parental leave and return to work in the workplace.
She also wanted examples of leading practices and strategies in the workplace that could address these challenges; relevant data, case studies and trends and any apparent gaps and practical challenges in implementing relevant legislative and policy frameworks.
Ms Broderick said the submission process was one part of the national review, funded by the Attorney-General’s Department, which aimed to identify the prevalence, nature and consequences of discrimination in relation to pregnancy at work and return to work after parental leave.
The review is scheduled to release a final report in June 2014.
Submissions will be accepted until 16 December and can be made at this PS News link.
The online questionnaire for employers will be launched shortly and will stay open until January 2014.
Edition 385, 29 October 2013