THE Australian Human Rights Commission has commenced the public consultation process for its Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review, with an employer-specific survey expected to open in coming weeks.

In a statement released this week, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick encouraged stakeholders to be a part of the review by lodging online submissions.

“In particular, the Commission invites online submissions from women and men who have experienced discrimination while on parental leave or upon their return to work following parental leave, as well as from community organisations that work with women who have experienced discrimination,” Commissioner Broderick said.

“We will shortly begin consulting with employers through a separate online questionnaire as well.”

The employer questionnaire will gather information about managing pregnancy, parental leave and return to work in the workplace, as well as examples of practices and strategies addressing these issues.

The Review is expected to influence relevant legislative and policy priorities, with a comprehensive report to release in June 2014. Employer submissions are expected to open in coming weeks and all AMMA members are encouraged to participate.

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