Pregnant and Working? Breaking Barriers and Rethinking Workplace Policies for Inclusive Support

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Abstract

While there have been significant, positive changes to entitlements and protection for pregnant employees in Australia over the last decade, significant hurdles remain – particularly concerning policies related to family leave entitlements around antenatal care, the medical attention and support provided to pregnant women to ensure their health and well-being during pregnancy.

We have indeed come a long way since the days when women had to choose between starting a family and having a successful career, largely due to organisations recognising the importance of diversity and inclusion through fostering environments where employees from various backgrounds and life stages feel valued, respected, and supported. However, while many organisations have implemented policies aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion, traditional leave entitlements often fall short in supporting employees across various life stages. In this article, we delve into the critical need for organisations to revamp their approach to leave entitlements, particularly in recognising the significance of antenatal care as a vital aspect of diversity and inclusion.
Original languageEnglish
No.12
Specialist publicationAIB Review
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2024

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