Free information and advice for working parents at the Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo

17 May 2013

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

Fair Work advisers will be on hand to discuss the workplace rights of working parents and pregnant women from Friday, 24 May to Sunday, 26 May.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director, Lynda McAlary-Smith, will present a session detailing best practice requests for parental leave and options for flexible working arrangements in the workplace at 12:15pm each day of the expo.

Advisers will also be available to assist employers to understand their obligations under workplace laws and provide detailed information on parental leave, flexible working arrangements, discrimination and the National Employment Standards.

Acting Fair Work Ombudsman, Michael Campbell, said working parents and expectant parents could be vulnerable if they’re not aware of their rights and entitlements under workplace laws.

Mr Campbell said the Fair Work Ombudsman is proactively raising awareness of workplace laws in the community.

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s website - www.fairwork.gov.au - has a range of resources to assist employers and employees understand their obligations and entitlements under workplace laws, including templates, checklists and Best Practice Guides.

“There is a range of benefits for business to following best practice in this area such as retaining skilled staff and attracting new employees; reduced absenteeism and staff turnover; an increase in the number of people returning to work after parental leave and improved staff morale and engagement,” Mr Campbell said.

“We see many best practice employers offer workplace flexibility to help their staff achieve a better balance between work and family responsibilities, and it has become apparent that these flexible employment arrangements also offer real benefits to the business as well,” said Mr Campbell.

The Fair Work Ombudsman team will be at stall I18 at the Expo.

Employers and employees seeking information and advice should visit www.fairwork.gov.au/workingparents or call the Infoline on 13 13 94.

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Media inquiries:

Penny Rowe, Media & Stakeholder Relations
0457 924 146
media@fwo.gov.au

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