DCA strongly believes that a national paid parental leave scheme is a central plank of workplace gender equality.
In particular, its role in encouraging and supporting women to continue to participate in the paid workforce. This reinforces that taking time out of the paid workforce to care for a child is part of the usual course of life and work for both parents; and this helps in promoting equality between men and women and more affordable and accessible childcare.
Employers increasingly recognise the benefits of paid parental leave (PPL) for productivity and business.
It plays a key role in:
- Attracting and retaining talented employees;
- Protecting the significant investments that organisations make in training and developing employees;
- Reducing staff turnover and the cost of having to replace experienced employees; and
- Supporting family friendly practices in workplaces crucial to keeping skilled workers.
In this section Member's can read more about leading practice including gender neutral parental leave and how to support staff who suffer the tragedy of stillbirth.