Free information and advice for working parents

17 May 2012

The Fair Work Ombudsman will provide free advice and information to working parents over the next three days as part of the 'Pregnancy, Babies & Children's Expo' at the Sydney Showgrounds Exhibition Centre at Olympic Park.

Fair Work advisers, located at stall J25, will be on hand to discuss the workplace rights of working parents and pregnant women from tomorrow until Sunday.

Advisers will also assist employers to understand their obligations under workplace laws by highlighting the educative materials on parental leave, flexible working arrangements, discrimination and the National Employment Standards the Fair Work Ombudsman has available for employers.

Under workplace laws, employees are entitled to resume their previous position - or another mutually-agreed position - after their return from parental leave.

It is unlawful to discriminate against an employee on the grounds of pregnancy and family or carer responsibilities.

Advisers can also help employers and employees understand what entitlements employees have to carer’s leave and paid and unpaid parental leave.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says his Agency is proactively raising awareness of workplace laws in the community.

"We have a range of resources on our website to assist employers and employees to comply with workplace laws relating to working parents and pregnant women, including checklists, Best Practice Guides and fact sheets," Mr Wilson said.

The range of Best Practice Guides covers topics including work and family, parental leave, consultation and co-operation in the workplace and improving workplace productivity through bargaining.

Mr Wilson says employers who operate at best practice go beyond their minimum legal obligations to develop parental leave policies that are tailored to employee needs, while also improving the productivity of the workplace.

"Employers with parental leave policies that make employees feel valued can benefit from having more committed and productive staff," he said.

Workers or employers seeking support should get in touch with the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website - www.fairwork.gov.au - or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

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Media inquiries:

Richard Honey, Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2716, 0457 924 146
richard.honey@fwo.gov.au

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