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Invitation to attend employer consultation

The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) invites employers to participate in a consultation to be held on 18th November from 10:30am-12:00pm.

Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, on behalf of the Commission is currently conducting a National Review on the prevalence, nature, and consequences of discrimination relating to pregnancy at work and return to work after parental leave.

The Commission is interested in consulting all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the National Review gains in-depth understanding of the concerns of different groups. In particular, consultations with employers will provide the National Review valuable insight into the challenges faced by employers in accommodating the needs of pregnant employees and women and men returning to work after parental leave. It will also enable the National Review to identify leading practices and strategies for addressing these challenges.

The consultation is an opportunity for employers to share leading practices and strategies in managing pregnancy at work and return to work after parental leave with Australian Human Rights Commission staff who will be facilitating the consultations.

Further background information and details on the objectives, methodology and timeframe for the National Review are available on the enclosed Factsheet.

Aims of the employer consultations

Understand the challenges: To understand the concerns and challenges faced by employers in implementing laws and policies related to pregnancy and return to work after taking parental leave;

Identify what works: To identify leading practices and strategies in managing pregnancy and return to work after taking parental leave; and

Inform our recommendations: To inform the findings and recommendations for the National Review Report.

Details

Date: 18th November
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm
Venue: Level 6, 232 Adelaide Street

The consultation will be facilitated by staff from the Australian Human Rights Commission.

To confirm your participation please RSVP by 15 November 2013 to [email protected].

If you have any access or support requirements please let us know when you RSVP.

In addition, the Commission would be interested in receiving information from employers on current leading practices and strategies in the workplace. The National Review will be launching an online questionnaire in early November that will be available on our website http://www.humanrights.gov.au/pregnancy-discrimination. Additionally, you can email us at [email protected]

We hope you will be able to find time to join the consultation as we feel your contribution will be valuable to this important National Review.

Should you have any questions with regards to the consultation please contact Lynette Garrick [email protected]