Issues About Parental Leave in Australia Analytical Essay

Issues About Parental Leave in Australia
A discussion of the lack of provisions or policy for paid parental leave in Australia.
# 147740 | 2,535 words | 10 sources | APA | 2011 | IN

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This paper portrays the practices of a number of large organizations in Australia as pertains to paid parental leave. Factors influencing the decisions of these organizations are presented and international guidelines are discussed. The writer explains that the Australian government does not require paid leave , relying instead on private initiatives. The need for public discussion and a cohesive policy is underscored.

From the Paper:

"There is presently no provision or policy for paid parental leave in Australia and access to such leave is much restricted. Individual enterprise efforts determine the extent to which this leave is available in the community and private sectors and there is still very little knowledge about the basis on which individual companies and businesses introduce the practice of paid parental leave. This paper has drawn upon a number of case studies pertaining to the practices followed in this regard by some large organizations in Australia. Different rationales and perspectives that influence the decisions in such organizations have been outlined in this paper along with the manner in which they are implemented. Paid parental leave continues to be a fundamental issue in effecting equal employment opportunities for women but research has indicated that the potential effect of such a practice is much curtailed by limitations that are imposed on formal entitlements. The basis for such leave is adversely impacted by the practical availability of other family benefits in the working and organizational environment."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • AHRI, The Parent Trap, (2009). The Parental Leave Debate, Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Baird, M. and Charlesworth S. (2007), After the Baby: A Qualitative Study of Working Time Arrangements Following Maternity Leave, Labour and Industry, vol. 17
  • Baird M and Litwin A, (2004), Unpaid and Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave in Australia: Access, Use, and Options for Broader Coverage, in M. Barry and P. Brosnan, New Economies, New Industrial Relations, Proceedings of the 18th AIRAANZ Conference, vol. 2, Abstracts and Papers, AIRAANZ, Brisbane, pp. 2-9
  • Charlesworth and Charlesworth, (2004). The Sex Discrimination Act and International Law, University of NSW Law Journal, vol. 27.
  • Charlesworth and Probert B (2005), Why some organisations take on family-friendly policies: the case of paid maternity leave, Refereed Papers vol 1, Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, University of Sydney, 9-11 February 2005.

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