Interactive portal to meet new gender equality laws

A new online tool has been launched to help companies implement Government workplace standards and enhance family friendly practices.

Parents@Work is behind the online training resource and coaching portal, and aims to assist organisations in complying with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (WGEA).

Under the legislation, organisations with more than 100 staff are required to report annually against a set of six standardised gender equality indicators (GEI).

The indicators address the gender composition of the workforce, equal remuneration between women and men and employment practices relating to flexible working arrangements to support employees with family or caring responsibilities. Reporting obligations are to be enforced in full by the end of 2013-2014.

The Parents@Work portal provides parental leave policies and procedures including an explanation of relevant legislative requirements and checklists for managers to keep abreast of rights and responsibilities.

It includes return to work resources like planning tools, a Career Coach booking function, an employee chat forum, childcare search and access to parenting and health professionals. The portal can be customised with company branding and unique information such as in-house events, training and organisation-specific policies.

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